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S.J. man arrested in child porn case

Date: September 10, 2004
By: Crystal Carreon

A San Jose man was arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of soliciting thousands of dollars worth of child pornography and secretly video recording a young relative in various stages of undress, Santa Clara County sheriff's officials reported today.

A monthlong investigation with the U.S. Postal Service led local authorities to Robert Charles Painter, 22, an unemployed retailer, who surrendered to sheriff's detectives after they served a search warrant at his Burning Tree Drive home, near the Santa Teresa Golf Club.

Inside the home, investigators said, they found a hoard of pornographic material involving children, including videos, magazines and computer images. They also reportedly uncovered at least $2,000 in invoice receipts for child pornography and two-year's worth of video footage of a juvenile relative undressing.

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Painter was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of child exploitation, distribution of obscene material and for having items depicting children simulating or engaging in sex.

He remained in custody this afternoon on a $10,000 bail, a jail spokesman said. Painter was scheduled to appear in court Sept. 22.

Authorities ask anyone with information about Painter to call agent Kevin Williams, with the Santa Clara County Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Task Force, (408) 808-4300.

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