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Man arrested for child porn possession

Posted: Friday, Aug 16th, 2013

Walter Gafvert

BOULDER CREEK — A Boulder Creek man was arrested Wednesday and charged with multiple counts of child pornography possession after a search of his residence turned up thousands of illegal images.

Walter Louis Gafvert III, 48, was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail on $5,000 bail.

He has been involved in the adult pornography business under several fake names.

The investigation started in July when Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children task force contacted local detectives.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for Gafvert’s home on the 13000 block of Highway 9 in Boulder Creek and found numerous images, and learned that he was actively downloading child porn as the search was going on.

Gafvert told police that he is addicted to child pornography and methamphetamine, and gave graphic details of videos and images he sought on the internet. As part of the interview, Gafvert wrote an apology letter for his actions, police said.

There are no indications local children have been molested, but investigators are combing through the thousands of images and videos in an effort to identify the children depicted.

To accomplish this, investigators are working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Child Victim Identification Program.

Anyone with information 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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