ATWATER -- The owner of a real estate business was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of possessing child pornography.
Merced County Sheriff's Department deputies arrested 52-year-old Robin Blake, owner of Atwater-Merced Realty, after federal investigators issued a warrant for his arrest, according to Mike Prado, a senior special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Blake was taken into custody at his 232 E. Bellevue Road business in Atwater and is being held at the Fresno County Jail.
He pleaded not guilty in federal court Thursday.
Blake's arrest stems from a 2005 investigation by the Merced County Sheriff's Department. Sheriff's spokesman Tom MacKenzie said deputies conducted a search warrant on Blake's home in the 7000 block of Louise Court in Winton after he was accused of taking partially nude photos of a 12-year-old girl.
After obtaining Blake's computer, Mac-Kenzie said the deputies discovered the photos of the girl, in addition to more than 100 pictures of child pornography and movies. The pornography was turned over to the FBI, MacKenzie said.
In Merced County Superior Court last month, Blake pleaded either guilty or no contest to a misdemeanor charge of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor for the photos that were taken of the 12-year-old girl. Further details were not available.
But after reviewing the materials sent by the Sheriff's Department, MacKenzie said federal investigators Wednesday initiated the warrant to arrest Blake on new charges.
Blake is suspected of violating federal laws involving distribution, receiving and possession of child pornography, according to the criminal complaint in the case.
A state-licensed real estate broker, Blake has held numerous titles, according to his Web site, such as state director of the California Association of Realtors, chairman of the Merced County chapter of the Real Estate Cyberspace Society and president of the Winton Municipal Advisory Council.