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Local man sentenced for child pornography

Sentence includes lifetime registration as a sex offender

Stephen Wolf, who pleaded no contest in March 2013 to one count of possession of child pornography, now faces three years of supervised probation on the condition that he serve eight months in the San Mateo County jail, according to a report by prosecutors from the District Attorney's office.

Mr. Wolf was a resident of Portola Valley at the time of his arrest in March 2012.

The sentence handed down by Superior Court Judge Jonathan Karesh includes lifetime registration as a sex offender and requires Mr. Wolf to participate in a sex-offender treatment program for one year.

Prosecutors sought a maximum sentence of 16 months in state prison.

The judge granted Mr. Wolf, 66, one day of credit for time already served in jail, and a stay on his surrender until 10 a.m. on Feb. 1, 2014. He has been out of custody on $10,000 bail.

Jonathan McDougall, Mr. Wolf's attorney, has not yet responded to a request for comment.

Mr. Wolf must seek counseling "as directed" and if he consults with a psychotherapist, records of his sessions will be accessible to his probation officer, Assistant District Attorney Al Serrato told the Almanac.

Once he is out of jail, he is forbidden to live in a house in which a child is present and may not associate with minors unless in the presence of a responsible adult who has been approved by his probation officer, prosecutors said. He must stay 100 yards away from schools and places where children congregate and is not allowed to date or socialize with anyone who has physical custody of a child without the permission of his probation officer, prosecutors said.

He is forbidden to enter an adult pornography business and to possess pornography of any kind. His computer is subject to forensic search. If he has a storage locker, it must be with the permission of his probation officer, prosecutors said.

If Mr. Wolf takes a job, his probation officer must approve. As a convicted felon, he is not allowed to own a deadly weapon or ammunition. He owes $650 in fines, fees and assessments, must pay $100 a month probation fee and must submit his DNA to authorities.

He must notify the local police department of his sex offender status and his address, in effect ensuring that "there is no period of time in which law enforcement isn't aware of (his) updated address information," Mr. Serrato said.

Mr. Wolf also loses his Fourth Amendment protections against random search and seizure and his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination. He must submit to random polygraph testing, Mr. Serrato said.

In sex offender cases, the state gives courts substantial authority to "craft conditions that would help to rehabilitate the offender," Mr. Serrato said. "Given what he (pleaded) to, it's reasonable."

Mr. Wolf's sentencing had been delayed three times: in July 2013 to allow further forensic computer examination, in September because the judge had work conflicts, and in October to resolve the question of how many times pornography had been downloaded to his computer.

He was one of nine men arrested on March 22, 2012, during a county-wide sweep of 11 homes by detectives from a regional Internet-crimes task force. He entered a no-contest plea after initially pleading not guilty.

Detectives had 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. Mr. Wolf's computer contained images of nude girls ages 6 through 12 who were "engaged in sexual activity," according to prosecutors.

Comments

Posted by parent, a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Dec 12, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Convicted felony sex criminal gets only 1 day in jail? Is that the rich white guy sentence?

Please post his mug shot and address so we can steer clear of him. Thank you.


Posted by fwiw, a resident of Woodside: other
on Dec 12, 2013 at 8:28 pm

@parent - can I perhaps suggest rereading the article? The sentence as I read it was 8 months in jail minus one day credit for jail time served plus three years probation plus one year sex offender treatment plus lifetime registration as a sex offender.


Posted by Holly L, a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Dec 13, 2013 at 3:21 am

The Palo Alto Daily Post did a story last week about another San Mateo County resident named Luke Lonergan, who was also caught with child pornography in a sweep earlier this year. Lonergan is far more prominent than Wolf. Lonergan, cofounder of a tech company in San Mateo called Greenplum, has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal and interviewed by Forbes. He also had a hotshot lawyer from Beverly Hills who represented one of the players in the O J Simpson Las Vegas gun case.

Oddly, as the Palo Alto Daily Post reported, the prominent Lonergan's case was never included in the San Mateo DA's cases of interest case. Lonergan served two months in the McGuire jail from September 7 to November 7 but didn't have to register as a sex offender. Rich white guy privilege?

Kudos to the Daily Post for their reporting on Lonergan and on the violent assault case by San Mateo Deputy Sheriff Smith- which was kept secret by the police and also not on the DA's cases of interest list. The're on to something.5



Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Dec 13, 2013 at 9:18 am

It would be great If the Almanac could do a story on the other local Luke Lonergan of San Carlos. His name was not included in the sweep names, He was arrested yet no name made the papers, He did serve 60 days in our jail, yet no article about it. In his case there was no trial, the District Attorney's Office just disappeared his charges, No expert witnesses testified He doesn't register as a sex offender and plead to 1 misdemeanor.

It should be noted these allegations are very serious and can cause many challenges to all parties involved. One of the men picked up in the sweep committed suicide.

I would like to see San Mateo County solve the public information from being manipulated by anyone, especially law enforcement either PD's or the DA's Office. This is public information. It is important for the public to trust the DA's Office. It has no oversight.


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