Gay rights advocate Larry Brinkin sentenced on child pornography charges

Courtesy photoLarry Brinkin

Courtesy photoLarry Brinkin

The gay rights advocate and former member of the San Francisco Human Right Commission who pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography was sentenced Wednesday and will be required to register as a sex offender for life, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Larry Brinkin, 67, agreed to a plea deal in January with prosecutors, who dropped a second charge of distributing child pornography.

Brinkin was sentenced Wednesday to a year's detention, with six months served in county jail and six months home detention where he will have to wear an ankle monitor, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said. He will also be on five years of supervised probation with a search condition. The search condition allows that his property, including his computers or any electronic device, can be searched during the duration of his probation.

Brinkin's probation also requires that he not work in any environment with children or cohabit a dwelling with children without disclosing his status as a sex offender.

Brinkin has agreed to therapy with sex offender counselors.

Regardless of how Brinkin fulfills his probation, he will be required to register as a sex offender for life, prosecutors said.

Brinkin was arrested in September 2012 and was linked to images and video that originated in Australia that contained “very disturbing” material, District Attorney George Gascon said at the time.

Brinkin is well-known in San Francisco as being a vocal advocate for gay rights. He was a member of the Human Rights Commission for 22 years before retiring in 2010. In December of that year, the Board of Supervisors declared the first week of the month “Larry Brinkin Week” because of his work on gay rights issues.

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