Sheriff's Office

PR #:
Date Issued:
Mar 15, 2022 - 10:18AM

For Immediate Release

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detectives arrest Reno man for sexual assault of child

Case Number:
WC22-1102, RPD22-4755
For media inquiries contact:
Sarah Johns
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-785-6235
Cell: 775-391-0407


Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detectives have arrested Arsh Bhardwaj, 21, of Reno on multiple felony counts following the forcible sexual assault on a girl younger than 14.

Patrol Deputies were initially called to a commercial business in the 5300 block of Sun Valley Boulevard shortly before 3:30 a.m. on Monday, March 7, 2022, for a reported rape. Deputies met with the child and her family members who had driven to the business with the express intent to call for help.

Preliminary investigative findings determined Bhardwaj made initial contact with the victim via social media. Using Snapchat direct messages, Bhardwaj lured the girl to a location where he then forced her into a vehicle and forced himself on her.

Washoe County Detectives requested the assistance of the Regional Human Exploitation And Trafficking (HEAT) Unit. HEAT began a parallel investigation which confirmed Bhardwaj’s involvement in the prior sexual assault. HEAT Detectives made contact with Bhardwaj on March 11, 2022, and took him into custody.

In total, Bhardwaj faces ten felony counts:

  • Sexual Assault Against a Child Under 14 – WCSO
  • Sexual Assault Against a Child Under 14 – WCSO
  • Lewdness with a Child Under 14, first offense – WCSO
  • Luring a Child with a Computer for Sex – WCSO
  • First Degree Sexually Motivated Kidnapping of a Child Under 18 – WCSO
  • Attempted Sexual Assault Against a Child Under 14 – RPD
  • Attempted Kidnapping of a Minor, First Degree – RPD
  • Luring a Child with Use of a Computer – RPD
  • Attempted Abuse of a Child for Sexual Exploitation – RPD
  • Attempted Use/Permit of a Child Under 14 to be Subject of a Sexual Portrayal/Performance – RPD

Washoe County Detectives are immensely grateful for the assistance of Patrol Deputies, detectives with the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC), as well as HEAT Detectives.

This is an ongoing investigation. Parents are advised to discuss internet and social media safety with their children. Bhardwaj utilized the Snapchat handle @desi_mundahr12; however, usernames are easily changed. Anyone who may have information related to this investigation is asked to contact the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at (775) 328-3320. Refer to case number WC22-1102.  

Photo 1: Arsh Bhardwaj booking photo
Photo 2: Arsh Bhardwaj Snapchat handle



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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