Crime & Justice

3 men charged in human trafficking, child porn investigation

Skaters wait around the fences at a skate park in Venice Beach.
Skaters wait around the fences at a skate park in Venice Beach.
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Three men have been charged in a Riverside County human trafficking and child pornography investigation.

Prosecutors say William Clyde Thompson of Las Vegas paid foster care provider and special education teacher assistant John David Yoder of Desert Hot Springs to recruit minor boys to be photographed for use in child pornography.

Detectives say they also found a phone number for Erick Alan Monsivais in Yoder's cell phone. The Los Angeles man has been charged with sodomy, lewd acts on a minor and human trafficking, among other alleged crimes.

Thompson was originally arrested and charged in Nevada in 2013. He later failed to appear in court and was arrested in January.

Investigators say they received information that Thompson may have recruited young boys to model by hanging out at skate parks.