Months-long child pornography investigation leads to arrest of Beaumont man

BEAUMONT, Calif., — Authorities say a Beaumont man was arrested in connection to a months-long, multi-agency child pornography investigation Tuesday morning, Dec. 28.

The alleged suspect, 45-year-old John Robert Crone, was released the day after his arrest after posting $10,000 bail or bond and he is scheduled to be arraigned at an unspecified court on Mar. 4.


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As part of an ongoing investigation led by the Beaumont Police Department Detective Bureau, with assistance from the department’s Multiple Enforcement Team (MET), and the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office and its Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit, officials served a search warrant at Crone’s Beaumont residence in the 700 block of Winter Pine Street.

During the service of the warrant and a preliminary review of evidence uncovered inside Crone’s home, officials discovered more than one hundred images of child pornography on various devices belonging to Crone, leading to his arrest at the scene.

After his arrest, Crone was booked into the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on suspicion of a sole count of possession of child pornography. However, online jail records indicate he was released from custody the following day.


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Beaumont PD’s investigation is ongoing and anyone with further information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Beaumont Police Detective Sergeant Macias at (951) 769-8500. Callers can refer to incident file 2103B-1131 can remain anonymous. Information can also be reported anonymously at

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Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.