Operation Monterey County Chicken Hawk Leads to Arrest of Seven Monterey Men

Monterey- Seven Monterey County men were arrested on Wednesday following an operation conducted by the Salinas Police Department to locate child pornography users.

Altogether, 87 detectives from 27 different agencies worked together with the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes against Children Task Force to launch the operation. The team was comprised of local detectives from Salinas, Marina, and San Jose Police Departments, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department, the FBI and Homeland Security.

A group of selected child pornography users detected in Monterey County brought about the SVICAC Task Force to begin the sweep, which began early Wednesday morning. Officers with warrants searched six homes in Salinas, Marina, and Castroville. Computers with pornographic images and other evidence that linked the suspects to the distribution or possession of child pornography were taken.

Those arrested include Salinas residents, Curt Tamanaha (30) Howard Daly (56), Miguel Marquez Rodriguez (26), Paulino Maldonado (29) and Jaime Maldonado (21).  Also arrested were Eric Olsen (40) of Marina and Jorge Vargas (24) of Castroville.

The 10-year-old Silicon Valley task force is one of 61 around the nation targeting suspects via peer-to-peer file sharing online and chat-room decoy operations. Investigators determine who is downloading child pornography images online and carry out search warrants for those people’s homes. For information about the SVICAC Task Force, contact San Jose Police Sgt. Gregory Lombardo at (408) 5371397 or at 3439@sanjoseca.gov.

Read More:

1) Central Coast News: Child Porn Suspects Arrested in Monterey County

2) KSBW News: 7 Child Porn Suspects in Salinas, Marina, Castroville Identified

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