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Locals plead not guilty to pornography charges

Prosecutors have filed charges of possession of child pornography against Portola Valley resident Stephen Wolf, 64, and Menlo Park resident Charles Vela Reyes Jr. The men were two of nine men arrested March 22 during a county-wide sweep of 11 homes by detectives from a regional Internet-crimes task force.

Both Mr. Wolf and Mr. Reyes pleaded not guilty, Mr. Wolf on April 24 and Mr. Reyes on May 23, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said via email. Both men are out on bail and awaiting preliminary hearings.

Attorneys representing Mr. Wolf and Mr. Reyes have not yet responded to requests for comment.

In the arrests, 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, using decoys in Internet chat rooms, detected "a cluster of suspected child pornography users" in San Mateo County.

Over 100 investigators from more than 20 law enforcement agencies participated, including the 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).

"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 Sheriff's Office said. "Frequent operations such as these help keep our communities safe."

Comments

Posted by lock them up, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 12, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Are these perps still in jail? Or are they again a danger to society. If they are out on bail, can someone post their addresses and mug shots? I want to keep my kids well away from them.


Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Jun 13, 2012 at 9:46 am

Innocent until proven Guilty. Especially in San Mateo County

DDA Ivan Nightengal prosecuted Michael Kazarian for 17 felony counts of child molestation.

Mr. Kazarian was in our jail for almost 1 year because he did not have $100,000 to waste on bail money. He was offered a plea bargain which he declined. He was found Not Guilty on ALL counts….thats 17 counts not just a couple, our DDA missed all 17, how did that happen?


Web Link


Posted by Joe, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jun 13, 2012 at 9:54 am

To "lock them up"

Your rush to judgment is appalling.


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community
on Jun 13, 2012 at 10:33 am

Editor - What about the other local - the young man from East Palo Alto?


Posted by flip flop, a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jun 13, 2012 at 11:04 am

"Especially in San Mateo County"

Not in the rest of America?

My memory must be failing me... weren't you the one harping on APD harassing the wrong fellow awhile ago?

Is that a flip flop?


Posted by lock them up, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 18, 2012 at 1:00 pm

CBS News says "If you look at the statistics, 70 – 80% of those who are online looking at child porn have either molested a child or will molest a child". Web Link
Who feels comfortable having these guys free on bail?


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