Michael Connell (Photo courtesy SFPD)

SF lawyer arrested for allegedly sharing child porn online

San Francisco police arrested a licensed attorney who practices law out of his Sunset District home last week on suspicion of uploading and trading child pornography online.

Michael Connell, 66, was arrested Dec. 21 after the Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit began investigating in August a person who was uploading and trading graphic child porn through a chat messenger program, police said in a statement Tuesday.

Police soon pinpointed the source of the child porn as being uploaded from a home in the 1700 block of 23rd Avenue.

On Dec. 21, authorities served a search warrant at that home, where they found a laptop belonging to one of the residents in which child porn videos and images were stored.

Connell was subsequently arrested and booked into San Francisco County Jail on suspicion of possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography.

Anyone who believes they may have been a victim or have had any suspicious contact with Connell is asked to contact the Special Victims Unit at (415) 558-5500.

Untitled-1

Read more criminal justice news on the Crime Ink page in print. Follow us on Twitter: @sfcrimeink
Crime

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

‘Extremely disturbing’: SF police chief condemns death of George Floyd

Bill Scott joins SFPOA, top cops nationwide in deeming incident a failure of policing

Haight Street group drops ties with prominent pro-Trump attorney

Amoeba, other merchants filed lawsuit seeking to block ‘Safe Sleeping’ site on Stanyan

CCSF board votes to close Fort Mason campus

College dropping lease on waterfront site to help close projected deficit

Planning Commission greenlights 1,100 unit Balboa Reservoir project

Development near CCSF expected to include 50 percent below-market rate units

Breed announces timeline for when SF’s businesses can reopen after COVID-19 shutdown

Restaurant advocacy group wants The City to allow indoor dining sooner

Most Read