Rowell Ranario, a 23-year-old San Jose resident, was arrested this week on suspicion of possessing child pornography after a five-month long online child pornography sharing investigation, according to Santa Clara County sheriff's deputies.
At approximately 11 a.m. Wednesday, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Task Force, with the assistance of the United States Marshall's Service, Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force and the San Jose Police Department, executed a search warrant in the 100 block of 21st Street in San Jose.
Computer equipment and electronic storage devices containing child pornographic images were seized as evidence.
According to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, the agency received $499,250 in Child Sexual Predator Program (CSPP) grant funding from the United States Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing (COPS) Office in September 2011.
The grant provides funding directly to law enforcement agencies to establish and/or enhance strategies to locate, arrest, and prosecute child sexual predators and exploiters and to enhance state sex offender registration laws.
COPS CSPP aims to support community policing initiatives throughout the United States by promoting partnerships between local law enforcement, U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, the U.S. Marshals Service, and other community partners to collectively reduce and prevent child endangerment by sexual predators, according to the Sheriff's department.
—Bay City News Service