A Bloomington, California man is under investigation by federal agents after his arrest last week when a search of his vehicle at a local port of entry turned up a videotape showing him engaging in explicit sexual conduct with a young boy who appeared to be heavily sedated.

Earl Venton Buchanan, 62, was arrested July 3 by Customs and Border Protection officers upon returning from a visit to Mexico. At the time of his arrest, Buchanan was accompanied by a 5-year-old Riverside County boy who is not a relative.

Noting that Buchanan appeared nervous, CBP officers referred him for further questioning. According to court documents, a search of Buchanan’s vehicle turned up the videotape as well as sedative medication. CBP notified Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who opened a formal investigation.

The following day, ICE agents obtained a federal warrant to search Buchanan’s large residential estate in Bloomington, California. As a result of the search, agents seized two computers, numerous videotapes, and copies of several children’s United States birth certificates, all of which are being analyzed at this time.

According to affidavits filed in the case, the bachelor’s home featured a large children’s playroom furnished with bunk beds and filled with toys, videogames, and children’s DVDs.

Buchanan made his initial appearance in federal court on July 5 facing charges of transporting child pornography. ICE agents say the investigation is ongoing and additional federal charges are likely. ICE is receiving substantial assistance in the case from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

The youth who was with Buchanan at the time of his arrest has been turned over to local child protective services. Prior to the incident, the child was being cared for by a family member in Riverside County.

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