NOVATO — Two registered sex offenders and one other man face charges for possession or control of child pornography. All three suspects were arrested last Thursday when police searched their residences.
Over a period of a few months, police received information about child pornography being uploaded on the internet. This information was relayed to Novato PD by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Investigators determined the individuals believed responsible for uploading the pornography live in Novato. Though the victims apparently live outside of Marin County.
Novato detectives conducted three separate investigations. They worked closely with the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, based in San Jose.
Other agencies assisting with these inquiries included the Contra Costa County district attorney’s and sheriff’s office. The San Francisco Police Department and U.S. Department of Homeland Security also assisted.
Law enforcement authorities obtained search warrants to gather evidence concerning all three cases. Searches were conducted on June 18 at Novato residences located on Entrada Drive, George Street and McClay Road.
Detectives and police officers located child pornography at each of the residences. They also recovered numerous electronic devices to use as evidence against the men.
All three men were booked at Marin County Jail on open charges for possession or control of chid pornography.