SF man indicted on child porn charges arrested after four years on the run

A traffic stop in Alaska Tuesday led to the arrest of a San Francisco man who had been wanted for more than four years in connection with a child pornography investigation, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

Officers at the Fairbanks International Airport in Fairbanks, Alaska, arrested 40-year-old Kevin Trask after they pulled him over due to faulty equipment on his vehicle, ICE officials said.

Trask initially gave officers a false name, however after conducting an investigation, officers learned his true identity. Trask then admitted his real name and that he had an outstanding felony warrant in connection with a child pornography investigation, according to ICE officials.

After his arrest, the U.S. Marshals Service took Trask into custody and is currently preparing to return him to the Bay Area, where he is under indictment.

San Francisco Homeland Security agents first began investigating Trask in March 2012 after he allegedly downloaded a video of child pornography through a peer-to-peer network using an internet protocol address that traced back to his San Francisco home, ICE officials said.

About two months later, agents executed a federal search warrant at his residence. Within a week of the search, Trask then quit his job and relocated to San Diego, telling agents he was staying with family who lived there, according to ICE.

Trask was indicted in federal court in November 2012 for possession and distribution of child pornography. The investigation revealed that Trask was involved in sharing more than 700 images and at least 10 videos of child exploitation, some of which involved sadomasochism and sex acts with toddlers, ICE officials said.

Homeland Security agents in San Diego attempted to locate Trask at two separate addresses, but were unsuccessful. Then in January 2013, agents made a second attempt to locate Trask in San Diego, but again were unsuccessful.

In September 2013, agents made one last attempt to locate Trask by featuring him in ICE’s smartphone app, which listed wanted suspected child predators.

“This arrest wouldn’t have come had it not been for the stellar efforts of the Fairbanks Airport Police Department,” Ryan Spradlin, special agent in charge for Homeland Security in San Francisco said in a statement.”Their instincts and diligence led to the arrest of an HSI most wanted fugitive and could very well have saved potential young victims from future harm.”

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