A 45-year-old Beaumont man suspected of amassing a large amount of child pornography that was loaded onto his electronic devices was released from custody Wednesday on a $10,000 bond.

John Robert Crone was arrested and booked into the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on Tuesday on suspicion of possession of child porn. Crone posted bail Wednesday morning and was turned loose.

According to Beaumont police, detectives initiated an investigation of the suspect in early fall, relying on assistance from the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, resulting in sufficient evidence being collected to justify a search warrant.

It was served at Crone’s residence in the 700 block of Winter Pine Street about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, and during a search of the property, investigators seized “over 100 images of child porn on devices belonging to the suspect,” according to a police statement.

Further investigation will be required, and officials asked anyone with information to contact detectives at 951-769-8500.

Background information on Crone was not available.

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