Investigators are searching for possible additional victims after a Sacramento County man was arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography – the third time he has been arrested in the capital area on criminal charges involving minors over the past six years.
Aleksandr Antolyevi Rudenko, 28, of Antelope, is a registered sex offender who was arrested earlier this week by sheriff’s deputies for possession of material depicting sexual behavior involving a child.
Rudenko, who is still being held in Sacramento County Jail, appeared for arraignment Friday afternoon in Sacramento Superior Court. He is due back in court on July 17.
When he was re-arrested on Wednesday, Rudenko was on bail awaiting trial in a Sacramento County sexual assault case. Court records show the judge ordered a mental health assessment in that case, but the case continued.
As part of their ongoing investigation, detectives assigned to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force determined that Rudenko was in possession of “child sexual abuse material”, sheriff officials said in a news release.
Rudenko has been known to frequent parks and movie theaters and use social media sites to meet minors, according to the sheriff’s office.
In May 2018, the Roseville Police Department arrested Rudenko on suspicion of arranging a meeting with a minor with the intent to commit lewd and lascivious acts. Police said at the time investigators received reports alleging Rudenko, who was 22 at the time, made inappropriate advances on minors.
Undercover agents in a police undercover operation posed as a 13-year-old girl and contacted Rudenko online. Police say Rudenko arrived in Roseville on May 4, 2019, intending to engage in sexual activity with the girl, but was instead arrested.
Rudenko did not contest a charge of contacting a minor with intent to commit a specified sexual offense, according to the Placer County District Attorney’s Office. On May 9, 2019, he was sentenced to 364 days in Placer County Jail and sentenced to four years probation.
As part of his sentence, the court ordered Rudenko to register with authorities as a sex offender and submit to related searches. In July 2019, the court granted a motion to transfer jurisdiction over his case to Sacramento County.
In August 2022, Sacramento County Sheriff Detectives arrested Rudenko on suspicion of sexually assaulting two teenage girls, ages 13 and 17. A day after his arrest last year, Rudenko was released from Sacramento County Jail after posting $135,000 bond.
Investigators have asked anyone who may have been victimized by Rudenko in the past to call the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office at 916-874-5115.