A Maricopa man was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service in Texas on Tuesday on a warrant for child pornography.

Michael Bjornstad, 43, had been under investigation by the Arizona Crimes Against Children Task Force, which began a search in January of online peer-to-peer file sharing of child sexual exploitation images out of Maricopa. A search warrant was executed at his home by the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and the task force.

Investigators allegedly found evidence of more than 100 downloads of videos and images of child sexual exploitation.

“This individual was downloading and trading videos and images of toddlers and infants being sexually abused,” Sheriff Paul Babeu said. “While in Pinal County, we know he had access to two young children and we continue to investigate any potential abuse which might have occurred due to that access.”

***ADVERTISEMENT***Investigators were unable to locate Bjornstad, and an arrest warrant was issued for 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. PCSO contacted the U.S. Marshal’s Service for help in finding him.

The U.S. Marshal’s Lone Star Fugitive Task Force took Bjornstad into custody without incident in Granger, Texas, which is about an hour northeast of Austin.

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