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Arrest - Possession of suspected Child Pornography



DATE: January 16, 2019

Released by: Lt Steve de la O

RE: Arrest - Possession of suspected Child Pornography


In October 2018, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office received a “cyber tip” from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).  The tip included information about an image of suspected child pornography found on a social networking website.  Detectives began the process of identifying where in the county the image originated from.  From a series of search warrants, detectives were able to identify a residence in unincorporated Novato, Ca.  This morning detectives served a search warrant at that residence and located images on a computer that contained suspected child pornography.  Paul David Padou, Age 51, Novato, Ca. was arrested and booked into the Marin County Jail for possession of material depicting obscene images of a minor and possession of a controlled substance.


The evidence seized in this case will undergo additional forensic examination.  There is no indication that any of the images are victims from Marin County.


The Sheriff’s Office would also like to thank the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children (SViCAC) Task Force based in San Jose for assisting in today’s warrant service.


National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

NCMEC@MissingKids /


NCMEC’s CyberTipline is the nation’s centralized reporting system for the online exploitation of children. The public and electronic service providers can make reports of suspected online enticement of children for sexual acts, extra-familial child sexual molestation, child pornography, child sex tourism, child sex trafficking, unsolicited obscene materials sent to a child, misleading domain names, and misleading words or digital images on the internet.