Convicted Sex Offender Gets Busted Again While Transferring Data on DVD
Suspect was Convicted in 2009
SANTA CRUZ—The Santa Cruz Police have arrested 63-year-old Watsonville resident Peter Hatch on suspicion of owning child pornography again.
The Santa Cruz Police responded to an office supply store on a report that someone was trying to transfer inappropriate pictures of children. Officer Ben Whaley of the Santa Cruz Police Department took the report and the images, and turned the case over to investigators.
Investigators searched Hatch’s home on the 2900 block of Freedom Boulevard in Watsonville unders the terms of his probation from his conviction back in 2009 for having child pornography. Detectives found more child pornography, photography equipment and binoculars in his home.
“Mr. Hatch admitted to authorities that he knew he was in violation of his probation.” Santa Cruz Police Deputy Chief Steve Clark said, “He also admitted to taking inappropriate photos of children at a local beach.”
Investigators found numerous DVD’s containing child pornography hidden in books throughout the house. When questioned about the DVD’s he told authorities that he felt compelled to revisit the websites and purchase the child pornography DVD’s to replace the one that were confiscated back 2009.
Hatch was transported and booked in the Santa Cruz County Jail on a violation of probation charge. His bail was set at 10,000.00 dollars.
Hatch is a former teacher in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District in 2009. He has also had numerous other violations of his probation in recent years for his propensity for child pornography. He has served jail time for those violations.
The Santa Cruz Police warn that if you should see Mr. Hatch out and about with a camera or binoculars on the beach to call the Police.
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