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SF camp counselor arrested on suspicion of child abuse

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A San Francisco summer camp counselor has been charged with child molestation and sending harmful material to a minor, police said Tuesday.

Evin “Devin” Blanchard, a 24-year-old San Francisco resident, was arrested after a camp program director reported inappropriate contact with three juvenile campers to the San Francisco Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, according to police.

Blanchard allegedly sent sexually explicit images and videos to victims through social media, and is accused of inappropriately touching the victims during several field trips.

Police began investigating the incident Aug. 2. Later, officers obtained a $3 million warrant for Blanchard’s arrest, and with U.S. Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force assistance determined he had fled to Arizona.

Blanchard was apprehended early Thursday by U.S. Marshals in Phoenix, where he remains in custody pending extradition to San Francisco.

Upon his return to San Francisco, Blanchard will face five counts of child molestation, four counts of sending harmful materials to a minor and production of child pornography, and three counts of annoying or molesting a child.

Anyone with further information about the case is asked to call the San Francisco Police Department’s Special Victims Unit at (415) 558-5500.

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