Three area cases involve sex crimes against children

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Updated: 8/14 9:55 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Area investigators are looking into three separate cases involving sex crimes against children. The cases are in Sparks, Washoe County and Truckee, and at least two of the cases involve a child under the age of 14.

In Sparks, investigators said 44-year-old Matthew Burr is facing sexual assault, kidnapping and other charges involving a 12-year-old girl. Police said Burr lured her into sneaking out of her house in the middle of the night and meeting him on at least two occasions. They said the two met through a social media application known as Whisper.

Detectives said their investigation revealed Burr paid the juvenile to have sex at least once and that he also photographed the child while engaged in sexual acts. Burr was arrested after an undercover officer pretended to be the victim. Burr thought he was meeting the victim, but was instead met by detectives. They added Burr had purchased several gifts, believing it was the victim's birthday, and one of the gifts was sexual in nature.

Burr is a long-haul truck driver based out of Utah. Reports show a forensics investigation of Burr's cell phone revealed naked pictures of the victim, as well naked photos of other people who could potentially be victims. Detectives are working with Utah authorities as well as the FBI.

If you have any information that could help detectives, you are asked to call the Sparks Police Department Detective Division at (775) 353-2225, or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900. There are more details about the case in this news release from the Sparks Police Department.

In Washoe County, authorities are releasing little information on another case. Investigators said 46-year-old Jose Guardardo is facing several charges including sexual assault and lewdness with a minor under the age of 14. The acts may have happened between 2012 and 2014 at an undisclosed area. Investigators believe Guardardo was not a stranger, as the victim knew him.

There are more details about this case in this news release from the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.

In Truckee, authorities are looking into another sex-related crime. Investigators said 24-year-old Erwin Cifuentes-Perez is accused of unlawful sex with a minor.

Reports indicate Cifurentes-Perez had a relationship with the victim. The victim's parents reported the crime. The age of consentual sex in California is 18.
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