Gabrielle Lurie/special to the SF ExaminerEnrique Pearce before his arraignment in May.

SFPD: political consultant had images of infants and children as young as 3 being sexually abused

Images of young and prepubescent children being sexually abused and raped were among the items seized by San Francisco police when they arrested political consultant Enrique Pearce last week, according to case documents released Wednesday.

Pearce pleaded not guilty Wednesday to six felony counts, including possession and distribution of child pornography and possessing sadomasochistic images involving children.

He was taken back into custody during the arraignment hearing, after Deputy District Attorney Alexis Feigen Fasteau requested and received a bail increase to $400,000 from Superior Court Judge Robert Foley.

Eileen Burke, Pearce’s attorney, said her client isn’t a flight risk, had previously posted bail and didn’t do anything to children, but rather only allegedly possessed images of them.

Pearce was arrested Thursday at his Tenderloin home at 83 McAllister St. where police served a search warrant and discovered laptops and iPhones containing the trove of images.

The more than 100 images and 96 videos include depictions of infants being sodomized by grown men, and children as young as 3 and 4 years old being tied up and raped, according to a search warrant and documents in the case.

The seized images also include photographs of clothed boys from ages 7 to 12, one in front of City Hall at a Giants celebration.

According to a May 6 search warrant affidavit, police were led to Pearce in February when a man walked into the Central Police Station in North Beach and said he had received photos he believed were child pornography while online.

That man eventually led investigators in the Sex Crimes Unit to Pearce, who had sent the man images of child pornography.

The two men first communicated, according to the affidavit, on Feb. 7 when the contact was messaged by someone — Pearce — using a pseudonym on Yahoo messenger. The two were messaging about meeting one another for sex.

But as they chatted Pearce asked if the man “was looking to be friends with other pervs.” Pearce said he liked 8- to 12-year-old boys and that “sharing a boy with another man was really hot.” Pearce asked if the man had photos — he did not — and then Pearce offered some of his own. He sent two photos, one of “a prepubescent boy with his legs spread apart exposing his nude penis and testicles.” Then Pearce asked the man to take a photo of his penis in front of the photos.

At one point in his communication with the man Pearce allegedly said he kept his taste for boys secret from his boyfriend.

Police also discovered an $1,800 parking meter stolen from somewhere in the Tenderloin at Pearce’s home.

Feigen Fasteau said that the investigation at this point ends at Pearce and she does not expect any other arrests to come in relation to the case.

Pearce, who calmly walked into the court Wednesday afternoon, said little as he stood in front of the judge with his lawyer. Before he was lead away in cuffs, his lawyer retrieved his wallet and other personal effects from his pockets.

His next court date is June 22.

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