Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.F. ExaminerEnrique Pearce

Enrique Pearce pleads not guilty to child pornography charges

Enrique Pearce, the San Francisco political consultant arrested on possession of child pornography last week, was in court Wednesday for arraignment, where he pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Pearce, who was represented in court by attorney Eileen Burke, faces six felony charges related to the possession and distribution of child pornography.

Prosecutors asked the judge to increase Pearce's bail to $400,000 due to the serious nature of the charges and said some of the images found in Pearce's possession showed toddlers being sodomized by adult males and young children under 8 years old being tied up.

Burke disagreed with the higher bail amount and said this is not a case of child molestation, but charges of possession of images.

Pearce, 41, was arrested last Thursday after police executed a search warrant at Leavenworth and McAllister streets in the Civic Center area.

He bailed out of County Jail the following day when his bail was originally set at $250,000.

The District Attorney's Office formally charged Pearce on Monday.

He pleaded not guilty Wednesday and after his bail was raised he was remanded back into custody.

He is scheduled to return to court June 22.

Pearce was one of The City's most successful and sometimes controversial political consultants. He's been connected to a wide range of politicians and former candidates from Matt Gonzalez to Supervisor Jane Kim and Mayor Ed Lee.

Bay Area NewsChild PornographyCrimeCrime & CourtsEnrique PearceSan Francisco District Attorney's Office

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

City Attorney targets permit expediter, developers in new round of subpoenas

San Francisco’s corruption scandal is the dumpster fire that keeps on giving… Continue reading

SF to introduce legislation authorizing safe injection sites

Mayor Breed and Supervisor Haney join forces to create regulations, permit process for nonprofits

Newsom says state to expand testing capacity for coronavirus

Health officials mobilizing resources after case of unknown origin reported in Solano County

Study: Banning cars on Market had minimal effect on side streets

A traffic nightmare. Congestions madness. Carmageddon. Those were the fears voiced by… Continue reading

Police Commission president calls for probe into allegations of ‘rampant’ anti-black bias in SFPD

A newly surfaced email alleging widespread anti-black bias in San Francisco’s police… Continue reading

Most Read