$600K Bail in Smartphone Child Porn Bust

$600K Bail in Smartphone Child Porn Bust

October 1, 2021 – Santa Barbara County, Ca.
With major social media platforms the recent focus of media attention and legislator’s rising ire, anyone using the plethora of online apps who presupposes any degree of privacy or anonymity is apparently living in the past.

Evidence of that came on September 29th , with the arrest of 33-year-old Carpinteria resident Samuel W. Lafond.

According to Santa Barbara Police Department spokesman Sgt. Ethan Ragsdale, detectives had been provided information about Lafond’s online activities by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. The LAPD reported that a specific IP address belonging to Lafond “exchanged child pornography on a messaging app.”

That information lead to the issuance of a search warrant upon Lafond’s residence. On the afternoon of the 29th , SBPD detectives served “search and arrest warrants at Lafond’s Carpinteria home. At that time, “detectives seized several electronics and other evidence in connection to the crime…indicating Lafond was attempting to meet juveniles for sexual purposes.”

Lafond was taken into custody at the scene and transported to Santa Barbara County Jail, where he remains in custody with his bail set at $600,000.

Photo: Courtesy www.usnews.com

$600K Bail in Smartphone Child Porn Bust was last modified: October 12th, 2021 by admin
Categories: Santa Barbara
Tags: child porn

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