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Child Pornography Suspects Arrested in San Francisco
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Posted Date: 11/13/2012
 guillermo escandon  alexis zhong wang  juan martinez  jaime rodriguez

Guillermo Escandon-Aguilar

 Alexis Zhong Wang

 Juan Martinez

Jaime Rodriguez

On November 13, 2012, the San Francisco Police Department Special Victims Unit / ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) Detail and members of the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force served search warrants at numerous residences in San Francisco. Occupants of these residences were suspected of possessing or distributing child pornography. In all, 4 suspects were arrested as a result of the six search warrants served. Investigations will continue in the two cases that did not result in arrests. The search warrants were served in the City’s Excelsior, Ocean View, Visitacion Valley and South of Market neighborhoods.

More than 100 police officers from 23 law enforcement agencies participated in the operation. Agencies participating in today’s operation include: the Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara County Sheriffs, the Moraga, Concord, Berkeley, Hayward, Petaluma, Redwood City, South San Francisco, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, Palo Alto, Newark, Fremont, US Postal Service, San Jose and San Francisco Police Departments, the Alameda, Santa Cruz and San Francisco County District Attorney, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Department of Homeland Security.

“Today’s operation is just one example of law enforcement officers from different jurisdictions working together to combat crime,” said Police Chief Greg Suhr. “These suspects prey on children, who are some of the most vulnerable members of society. Working together, law enforcement can take steps to remove these predators from our neighborhoods.”

Arrested today were: Alexis Zhong Wang, male, 25, from his residence on the 700 block of Naples Street, Jaime Rodriguez, male, 46, from the 500 block of Natoma Street, Juan Martinez, male, 28, from the unit block of Cielto Drive and Guillermo Escandon-Aguilar, male, 28, from the 200 block of Russia Avenue. All were booked into San Francisco County Jail on charges of possession of child pornography, a felony.

“We are proud to partner with the San Francisco Police Department on this operation,” said District Attorney George Gascón.” “This is a great example of various agencies working together in proactively ensuring public safety.”

The eight year old Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) is one of 61 around the nation, stretching from Sonoma to Monterey County. Investigators target peer-to-peer file sharing online, evolving from previous investigative techniques when suspects often were identified through chat room decoy operations. They connect with suspects who are sharing the images and track their individual internet protocol (IP) addresses. Investigators then use search warrants to figure out who owns the individual IP address and carry out search warrants for those people’s homes. The San Jose Police Department is the lead agency for the Silicon Valley ICAC Task Force.

A tool the task force uses is a mobile forensics lab that allows investigators in a technology-stocked van to drive up to a suspect’s home, seize hard drives and immediately begin searching for evidence that would normally take months to obtain from a state Department of Justice lab.