A coach at Trabuca High School in Orange County was arrested under suspicion of possessing child pornography and is currently being held in the Orange County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail. The arrest was made after an iPad was located inside a rental car after it was returned. After discovering the iPad, an informant notified the Orange County Sheriff’s Department who in turn referred the case to the Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force and Orange County Special Victim’s unit. The iPad was said to contain pictures of girls between the ages of 11 and 13, as well as pictures of other minor females.
Possession of child pornography is covered under California Penal Code 311.11 PC and makes it illegal to knowingly possess any pornography that includes minors under the age of 18. Most of California’s child pornography laws are either wobblers (can be prosecuted as misdemeanors or felonies) or felonies. In the case above, 311.11 PC is a wobbler, and first offenses are often prosecuted as misdemeanors, and subsequent offenses are prosecuted as felonies.
Misdemeanor penalties include up to 1-year in county jail and a fine of up to $2,500. Felony convictions carry the possible penalties of 16-months to 5-years in California state prison and fines of up to $10,000. Both misdemeanor and felony convictions will require the defendant to register as a sex offender.