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Sentencing delayed for former SF political consultant charged with possessing child porn

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Former San Francisco political consultant Enrique Pearce walks through the Hall of Justice to his sentencing hearing in San Francisco, Calif. Friday, March 10, 2017. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

A scheduled sentencing for a former San Francisco political consultant’s child porn case was pushed to April after a deal fell apart Friday morning.

Enrique Pearce, who was arrested and charged with six felony counts related to the possession and distribution of child pornography in May 2015 with possession and distribution of child pornography, appeared in a San Francisco Superior Court on Friday morning after pleading guilty to all the charges in December 2016.

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Pearce, who appeared in court with his lawyers, was silent and kept his head down for most of the short proceeding. He was rushed from the courtroom afterward and did not comment for the waiting reporters.

He was expected to be sentenced to six months of home monitored time, but a deal required the approval of the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, which deemed Pearce ineligible for its monitoring program.

He will come back to court April 7 and either keep his plea and serve the recommended six months in County Jail, or remove his plea and move toward a trail.

Pearce has been out on bail since soon after his 2015 arrest.

Pearce, a well-known political consultant and attorney in San Francisco, founded the Left Coast Communications political consulting firm which worked on Mayor Ed Lee’s election campaign prior to Pearce’s arrest in 2015. Pearce also previously worked for Supervisor Jane Kim.

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