January 13, 2012 > Internet Child Pornography Arrests
Internet Child Pornography Arrests
Submitted By Det. William Veteran, Fremont PD
Four Alameda County men were arrested Wednesday, January 11, following a sweep of suspected child pornography users and distributors.
35 detectives from seven agencies collaborated with the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force to launch the sweep. Local detectives included teams from Fremont, Newark & San Jose Police Departments, the Alameda County Sheriff's Department and the Santa Clara County Sheriffs Department.
A cluster of suspected child pornography users detected in Alameda County led the SVICAC Task Force to launch the sweep, which began early Wednesday morning.
Officers armed with warrants searched four homes in Fremont and Newark. Computers with pornographic images and other evidence linking the men to the distribution and or possession of child pornography were seized.
Those arrested include Fremont residents, Alvin Lee Rodriguez, 38, & Brian Trusz, 39. Also arrested were Chen Yu Huang, 21 & Miguel Angel Mendoza, 30 of Newark.
The 8-year-old Silicon Valley task force is one of 61 around the nation targeting peer-to-peer file sharing online, evolving from previous investigative techniques when suspects often were identified through chatroom decoy operations.
Investigators search for hard-core images involving children, see who is downloading the images to individual IP (Internet protocol) addresses, use search warrants to figure out who owns the individual IP address and carry out search warrants for those people's homes.
A key feature of the task force arsenal 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.
The SVICAC Task Force arrested four men for possession of child pornography last week in San Jose. The task force has conducted a number of child porn sweeps in the Bay Area over the last few months, including multiple arrests in Sonoma County, Monterey County and Oakland.