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Portola Valley man arrested in child porn sweep

Nine arrested when Stask force detects 'cluster of suspected child pornography users' in San Mateo County

Detectives from a regional internet-crimes task force have arrested Portola Valley resident Stephen Wolf, 64, on felony charges of possession of child pornography, according to a statement from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Wolf was booked into county jail Thursday, March 22, along with eight other men living in San Mateo County after a sweep of 11 homes in the county.

Detectives seized computers containing pornographic images "and other evidence linking the men to the distribution and/or possession of child pornography," the Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

The Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force detected "a cluster of suspected child pornography users" in San Mateo County and employed over 100 investigators from more than 20 law enforcement agencies.

The agencies include the county Sheriff's Office, the Menlo Park Police Department, the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and a "homeland security" investigative arm of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

One of the suspects, Charles Reyes, is a resident of San Jose, but the warrant listed an address in the 400 block of Concord Drive in Menlo Park.

Task force investigators used decoys in Internet chat rooms to identify suspects, and tracked them based on the sharing of "hard core images involving pre-pubescent children," the Sheriff's Office said. The Internet addresses of the individual computers were the basis for the subsequent search warrants.

The task force has a mobile forensics lab in a van that enables a rapid evidence search of a computer's hard drive, a search that normally takes months in a Department of Justice lab, the statement said.

These arrests bring to 40 the task force's total of child-porn-related arrests since November, including in Marin, Sonoma, Monterey and Alameda counties, and in San Jose and Oakland.

"Investigators have found significant links between the possession and trading of child pornography and the actual victimization of children, including a progression by some suspects from fantasy (Internet child porn) to reality (sexual crimes against actual child-victims)," the statement said. "Frequent operations such as these help keep our communities safe."

For information on where sex offenders live, visit www.meganslaw.ca.gov.

For information on how to keep children safe on the Internet, visit www.fbi.gov or www.netsmartz.org.

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Posted by mug shot?
a resident of Portola Valley
on Mar 23, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Is a mug shot of the perp available? What street does he live on? I need to make sure to keep my kids as far away from his as possible. The community deserves to know as much about these creeps as possible to keep everyone safe.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 23, 2012 at 6:56 pm

This is so creepy. It'd be creepier still if they weren't caught.

Of the 2 registered sex offenders that I know, 1 is in Woodside, the other in EPA. Both were busted re minors - the Woodside guy had child porn, & not sure exactly the EPA guy. They're so different in so many ways, but both middle-aged men.

Mug shot - he lives on Saddleback - not far from a school.


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Posted by mug shot?
a resident of Portola Valley
on Mar 23, 2012 at 10:46 pm

What does he look like? White? Black? In between? Short? Tall? In between?

If he has been arrested, his photo and description should be public record, right?


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Posted by mug shot?
a resident of Portola Valley
on Mar 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm

If you want to keep your kids away from these pornographers, here are some of their mug shots: Web Link
Not sure why the others haven't been posted yet.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 27, 2012 at 5:56 pm

There are THREE very local men who were arrested: 1 in EPA, 1 in Menlo, 1 in Protola Valley.

I hope PA Online follows the cases of these local guys.


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