S.F. Police Make Five Child Porn Arrests in Less Than a Month

A senior pastor at a Lutheran church in the Sunset was among those arrested and charged.

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On Tuesday, the San Francisco Police Department announced that its Internet Crimes Against Children Unit busted five people in a matter of weeks, all related to a crime ring that distributed child pornography. Of the five suspects arrested, one was a Lutheran pastor for a Sunset-based church.

Nicholas Fong

The discovery began in early October when SFPD traced child porn photos on a blog to 24-year-old Nicholas Fong, who lived on Lombard Street in North Beach. Upon gaining a search warrant, police found a cellphone containing “hundreds of child pornography videos and images depicting juvenile minors being sexually abused.” 

Donald Wright

Later that month, 58-year-old Donald Wright, an IT specialist who lived on Sutter Street in Polk Gulch, was arrested for having dozens of media devices in his home filled with child pornography. According to investigators, Wright had been uploading images to a peer-to-peer file sharing network. 

Elihu Hernandez

On Oct. 16 the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit made yet another arrest, when they discovered a cellphone containing more child porn images belonging to Elihu Hernandez, a 43-year-old man who lived on Eddy Street in the Tenderloin. 

Trevor Schlesinger

Nine days later, the unit conducted a search at 37-year-old Trevor Schlesinger’s house on Mallorca Way in the Marina, finding videos and pictures depicting children being abused on his laptop. 

 

Steven Sabin

Last but not least was the Nov. 15 arrest of Steven Sabin, a 59-year-old senior pastor for the Christ Church Lutheran of San Francisco, located on Quintara at 20th Avenue. Police claim he had images on both a cell phone and cloud storage application. 

 

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