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Authorities: Fort Irwin man arrested for possessing child pornography

Welcome sign at Fort Irwin National Training Center in California with M1 Abrams tank (left), AH-1 Cobra Helicopter gunships (center) and a BMP-1 (right). (Jarek Tuszyński/Wikimedia Commons)
January 24, 2020

A man has been arrested at a home at the Fort Irwin National Training Center for allegedly possessing child pornography.

Steven Berg, 38, was arrested last week. He faces one count of possessing material depicting a minor in a sexual manner after authorities served a search warrant at a home on the base on Thursday, Jan. 16, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday.

A search of county booking and court records showed no upcoming court appearance for Berg, who was released on bail from the High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto a day after his arrest.

Sheriff’s spokesperson Cindy Bachman said Berg was in the military and assigned to Fort Irwin, but she couldn’t give further information on his rank.

Fort Irwin officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent Tuesday.

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Personnel from the department’s Crime Against Children Detail and Hi-Tech Division began the investigation into the “downloading, possession and distribution of child pornography” and determined that it was being distributed from a home in Fort Irwin, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Investigators, along with members of the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command, interviewed Berg at the home in the 5200 block of Bighorn Lane and arrested him afterward.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Brian Arias of the Specialized Investigations Division, Crimes Against Children Detail at 909-387-3615.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous can contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-782-7463 or online at www.WeTip.com.

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