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Man arrested for child pornography

Modified: Wednesday, Jan 30th, 2013

Tate Middour

SANTA CRUZ — A Santa Cruz man was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession and distribution of child pornography after a two-month investigation that ended when police found a computer in his residence that was actively downloading illegal files, the Santa Cruz Police Department said Wednesday.

Tate Middour, 38, was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail and was released after posting bail.

According to the SCPD, the investigation began in November when detectives worked with the Pleasant Hill Police Department to investigate the distribution of online child pornography videos.

With the assistance of Internet Crimes Against Children, a federal nationwide organization, police used sophisticated forensic software to track the source of the videos to Middour.

According to police, Middour was actively seeking out, downloading and redistributing online child pornography from his home computer.

Some of Middour’s child pornography collection depicted victims already known to law enforcement, police said.

Investigators are working to determine if Middour also produced any child pornography.

Police said that Middour had access to “a number” of children, and they are working to determine if any are victims.

Investigators are continuing to collect evidence from Middour and may present additional charges at a later date.

Anyone who has a child with whom Middour may have come into contact, or who has information about this case is asked to call Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations Division at 420-5820, the anonymous tip line at 420-5995 or through the department’s mobile app. Tipsters may also leave an anonymous tip at www.santacruzpolice.com.

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