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Woman arrested in decade-old LA child porn case

LOS ANGELES — A woman suspected of making and appearing in child pornography photos a decade ago was arrested hours after authorities released images of her taken from those shots, federal officials announced Friday.

Letha Mae Montemayor, 52, was taken into custody outside a San Fernando Valley apartment complex after authorities received several tips. She faces charges of producing child pornography and conspiracy, officials said. Each charge carries a minimum 15-year prison sentence.

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An unidentified man also seen in the photos was still being sought.

Montemayor was arrested fewer than 10 hours after federal authorities announced that they were looking for a man and woman who appeared to be molesting a girl who looked to be about 13 in photos that were widely circulated online.

Forensic experts believe the shots were taken about 11 years ago in the San Fernando Valley. A phone book and calendar were seen in the shots, officials said.

The images were first discovered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Chicago in 2007.

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