Noel Bonilla-Jimenez is a teenager from Arkansas who filmed himself raping a seven year old child and sharing the images over Instagram. According to police Noel Bonilla-Jimenez was arrested on January 27, 2022 and charged with two counts of sexual assault involving a victim under the age of 14, one count of using a computer to exploit a child and two counts of possessing, distributing and viewing child pornography. Apparently Noel Bonilla-Jimenez told the arresting officers that he was not attracted to children however he was curious. It seems when Noel Bonilla-Jimenez shared the files on Instagram it alerted officials to the barbaric crime. Noel Bonilla-Jimenez remains behind bars in Arkansas praying that other inmates do not find out what crimes he has been charged with
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A Rogers man is accused of raping a boy and using social media to send videos of the act.
Noel Bonilla-Jimenez, 18, is charged with rape.
He was arrested Saturday in connection with two counts of rape, but prosecutors filed only one count Monday against him.
Bonilla-Jimenez was also arrested in connection with two counts of possessing, distributing and viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child and computer exploitation of a child. Prosecutors have not filed formal charges in that arrest.
Rogers police investigated a report involving a video showing a young girl engaged in a sex act with a person believed to be a man, according to a probable cause affidavit. The person used Instagram and Snapchat to send the video to another person, the affidavit states.
Police were able to trace the video to Bonilla-Jimenez’s cellphone, according to the affidavit.
Police also received an anonymous report in November identifying Bonilla-Jimenez as a Snapchat user who sent videos of himself engaged in sex acts with 5- or 6-year-old children, according to the affidavit.
A woman told police Bonilla-Jimenez befriended her and they exchanged Snapchat contact information, according to the affidavit. She told police she observed his account and found several videos of him having sex with adult females and videos of a boy engaged in a sex act with a man, according to the affidavit. The woman said she saved the video to give to law enforcement, according to the affidavit.
Police believe the boy is between 7 and 9 years old and identified Bonilla-Jimenez as the man in the video, according to the affidavit.
Police were able to identify the 8-year-old boy, referred to as John Doe-8 in court documents. Police showed the boy’s mother a screen clipping of her son, and she reported her son was 7 years old at the time, according to the affidavit.
Noel Bonilla-Jimenez admitted to recording the incidents with the boy but claimed he deleted the videos, according to the affidavit. He admitted to engaging in sex acts with the boy two or three times at his home, according to the affidavit.
Police also found evidence Bonilla-Jimenez sent the video to a man with a text message that read “7-year-old boy,” according to the affidavit.
Police believe Bonilla-Jimenez was 17 years old when the boy was raped, according to the affidavit.
His arraignment is scheduled for March 7 in Benton County Circuit Judge Robin Green’s courtroom
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On January 25, the Rogers Police Department filed a request for an arrest warrant including child pornography charges for Noel Bonilla-Jimenez, 18.
A Rogers PD detective filed the eight page motion with details dating back over 18 months. The motion states that, on June 22, 2021, he received multiple Cyber Tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
The first Cyber Tip was submitted by Instagram on or about May 17, 2021. According to Instagram, a user uploaded a video file to an identified user with a hash value that had been previously viewed in other cases and categorized as Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM). The video involved a prepubescent female and an adult male.
Instagram identified the recepient of the video and also provided further information on the owner of the account, including a phone number, user ID and screen name.
Another report was submitted by Instagram the following day, when a user uploaded the same video file. Instagram again provided relevant information about both parties, including phone numbers and screen names of the uploader and recepient.
The next Cyber Tip was submitted by Snapchat, on or about May 15, 2021. According to Snapchat, a user uploaded a video with a hash value that corresponded with a video previously viewed in other cases and categorized as CSAM involving a prepubescent girl and an adult male.
Snapchat provided the user’s phone number, date of birth, email address and IP address.
In the court filing, the detective reported that he conducted a search of the phone number “and found that it possibly belonged to Noel Bonilla-Jimenez.” Police records showed that Bonilla-Jimenez had an address in Rogers and lived there.
On or about September 3, 2021, Instagram filed a report with NCMEC concerning a user that sent a video classified as a prepubescent minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct. They reported the sender and recepient, as well as the hash value of the video.
The phone number and date of birth associated with the sender’s account matched Bonilla-Jimenez.
On or about December 10, 2021, the Rogers detective received a Cyber Tip with a report titled Priority Level 2, which “indicates possible risk to an individual in the near future or is otherwise time-sensitive.”
That report was called in on November 24, 2021, by someone who wished to remain anonymous. That person reported that a Snapchat user had sent multiple videos of a prepubescent girl engaging in illicit activity with another user. That suspected user was identified as Bonilla-Jimenez.
The detective stated that he called the reporting party on December 20, 2021, and was told that she had met Noel Bonilla-Jimenez a few months ago, and that they exchanged Snapchat contact information. She said she observed his account and found “several videos of him having sex with believed to be adult females and videos of a prepubescent male” engaging in a sex act with an adult male.
She stated that she saved the videos to share with law enforcement, and the detective later received them. The caller reported that Noel Bonilla-Jimenez posted a comment with a child’s age on one of the videos. The detective identified him as the adult male depicted in the videos.
Later that day, the detective went to Noel Bonilla-Jimenez’s address and met a woman that confirmed he lived there. He showed her a clip from one of the reported videos and she was able to identify a child involved. She also identified Bonilla-Jimenez from a screen shot taken from one of the videos. The detective showed her another photo, with a background that matched the videos, and she confirmed that it was taken inside a bathroom at the residence.
Investigators left the area after learning that the suspect was not home. They later made contact with him and conducted an interview in which he admitted to being the owner of the accounts listed in all of the Cyber Tips, with the exception of one. He initially denied knowing the child shown in a screen shot.
He then replied “I’m going to be honest with you now since you basically know everything,” and admitted that he knew the child and that “they have already discussed and dealt with the incident.” He then said he was not comfortable discussing the incident and claimed that he had not seen the child in four or five years.
He stated that the incidents occurred two or three times, and that all of them happened at his residence. When informed that one of the videos appeared to take place inside a vehicle, Noel Bonilla-Jimenez replied that they were in his vehicle, parked in the driveway of the residence.
The child was later interviewed at the Children’s Advocacy Center and he did not disclose any sexual abuse. When the interviewer asked him about seeing a video with him in it, the child began to cry and said that he wanted to leave the room.
They also interviewed the child’s mother, who identified her son in a screen capture and said that the picture appeared to have been taken approximately one year ago, when he would have been seven years old.
On December 21, 2021, the detective received a search warrant for Noel Bonilla-Jimenez’s residence and executed it at approximately 4:20 p.m., with “several Detectives of the Rogers Police Department.” The suspect was home and was made to wait outside while the search was conducted.
Detectives located two iPhones, an iPad, a desktop computer, an 8GB flash drive and a 16GB flash drive. They received a warrant to search the seized devices on December 27, 2021.
The detective reported that he “conducted forensic extraction of both cell phones,” as well as the computer’s hard drive. During his investigation, he located one of the Snapchat videos, and also found that there were four copies of it in the “downloads” folder.
He also found a copy of the video on a seized iPhone 7, and noted that it was associated with a WhatsApp text conversation in which Noel Bonilla-Jimenez sent the video with a message reading “7 year old boy.”
Based on the above, on January 25 the detective filed an affidavit of probable cause to obtain an arrest warrant on the following charges:
- Distributing, Possessing or Viewing of Matter Depicting Sexually Explicit Conduct Involving a Child, Class C Felony, two counts
- Computer Exploitation of a Child, Class Y Felony
The court issued and filed an arrest warrant the next day.