A Paso Robles man was arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography Wednesday after officers searched his home and allegedly found images and videos investigators believe he created.
Paso Robles Police Department Lt. Tim Murphy said Thursday that officers received information on Jan. 6 from “a concerned family member” of Steven Martin Lindhorst, 51, that Lindhorst was in possession of child pornography on his personal computer.
That tip led to an investigation by detectives who obtained a search warrant for Lindhorst’s computer. With the help of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab, detectives allegedly found numerous images and videos of suspected child porn.
According to the news release, some of the images and videos appear to have been manufactured by Lindhorst.
Detectives then secured a second search warrant Wednesday for Lindhorst’s home on the 1400 block of Ramada Drive, Murphy said. They allegedly found a second computer hard drive that later revealed some 24,000 images and 200 videos, most of which showed pubescent children engaging in sex acts.
Lindhorst was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of felony charges of a lewd act with a child under the age of 14, possession of child pornography and possession of explicit child pornography, as well as posting intimate photos of another without their consent, a misdemeanor.
He remained in San Luis Obispo County Jail as of Thursday afternoon in lieu of $160,000 bail.
Investigators have identified and contacted 14 victims, Murphy said.
The investigation is ongoing.