SAN JOSE – The San Jose Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force / Child Exploitation Detail (CED), has made the arrest of a 59-year-old suspect who was following school children, making unsolicited comments while they walked home.
According to Officer Gina Tepoorten, “This school year, students at Willow Glen Middle School and Willow Glen High School reported to police that they were followed and contacted by a subject driving a red pick-up truck.” The male suspect was identified as Ashour Tarverdi through video surveillance that was able to identify the license plate from the vehicle the suspect was driving.
A suspect who has been previously convicted of, and/or a current sex offender may have only faced supervised probation for up to three years, making the incentive to not re-offend with offenders less stringent than an actual stint in jail or prison. A second offense in California is slated at a minimum 5 years in prison with lifetime registration notification but can be deferred with the offender spending no time in jail or prison after completing Department of Corrections Sex Offender classes.
ICAC detectives and San Jose patrol officers arrested Tarverdi at his residence and subsequently booked him into the Santa Clara County Jail for Annoying or Molesting a child under 18 years of age.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Brian Spears or Detective Frank Montoya of the San Jose Police Department’s ICAC / CED Unit at (408) 537-1397.
Persons wishing to remain anonymous may either call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, (408) 947-STOP (7867). Persons providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect may be eligible for a cash reward from the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.