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Man arrested for child porn

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 21st, 2014

Christopher Lee Schuette

SANTA CRUZ — A Santa Cruz man was arrested Tuesday and charged with possessing child pornography after a search of his home revealed thousands of images of children, some as young as toddler-age.

Christopher Lee Schuette, 30, was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail, where he was being held Tuesday on $5,000 bail.

The Santa Cruz Police Department, working with National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children, was investigating Schuette based on several “cybertips” of suspicious internet activity, police said.

Santa Cruz Police detectives located Schuette using sophisticated software.

During a search of Schuette’s home on the 500 block of Carbonera Drive, detectives found multiple USB drives and with thousands of child porn images, in addition to print images.

Detectives believe that Schuette was uploading files to the Internet at the time of his arrest, and they are investigating whether he was also selling of the images. If he was, he could face federal charges, Santa Cruz Police Deputy Chief Steve Clark said.

Police also believe that Schuette was looking for work with children Santa Cruz County, and are looking into his employment history to see if he has worked in the childcare industry.

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