Sheriff's Office

PR #:
Date Issued:
Sep 21, 2021 - 4:05PM

For Immediate Release

Regional detectives arrest Sparks man for possession of child pornography, probation violation

Sarah Johns
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-785-6235
Cell: 775-391-0407


Sparks Police Detectives with the Northern Nevada Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), the Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit (RSONU), and working in conjunction with Nevada Department of Public Safety, Parole and Probation officers arrested Shane Lynch, 22, of Sparks for felony possession of child pornography as well as violating conditions of his probation.

Lynch, a Tier II sex offender, was sentenced for possession of child pornography in December of 2020. As such, he is a registered sex offender and was on probation.

Detectives with ICAC developed probable cause to obtain a search warrant of Lynch’s devices. The search warrant was executed at his residence in the 1600 block of Union Street in Sparks on September 21, 2021. Probable cause was established, and he was taken into custody without incident.

The Northern Nevada Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is comprised of investigators from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Sparks Police Department, Reno Police Department, Nevada Attorney General’s Office along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.


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