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Teacher finds child porn at COC

Posted: March 13, 2008 9:49 p.m.
Updated: May 15, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
The Sheriff's Department is investigating the discovery of a computer hard drive found Thursday at College of the Canyons loaded with child pornography.

The external hard drive was found in COC's computer lab by an instructor and contained "a substantial amount of child porn," according to Capt. Joe Gutierrez with the Special Victims Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

College of the Canyons officials declined to comment early Thursday evening.

Gutierrez said the hard drive was turned over to a "safe team" to analyze its contents.

The registered owner of the hard drive was identified by deputies, though it was not clear whether that person was responsible for downloading the pornographic material.

Deputies secured a search warrant for a residence on Tupelo Ridge Drive, where the registered owner of the hard drive apparently lived, to investigate additional evidence.

In general, when the Sheriff's Department is notified of child pornography, a deputy will respond and file an initial report, said Sgt. Darren Harris of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

The responding deputy will take into account concerns about the safety of any children who may be directly ay risk, and will take action, he said.

Depending on the seriousness of the case, the department's Special Victims Bureau may respond immediately.

After a first report is taken, the case will be handed over to the SVB, which has multi-jurisdictional task forces, Harris said.

Depending on the extent of the case, investigations can cross state or international lines. "These investigations ... can be very involved," he said. "It's obviously taken very seriously."

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