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Paso Robles man accused of having child pornography on his computer

Salvador Lopez, 37, of Paso Robles was arrested Wednesday, July 21, 2010, on suspicion of two counts of possessing child pornography. Original story »
Plea: Not guilty to both charges. What's next: Is being held in SLO County jail; bail set at $60,000.
Salvador Lopez, 37, of Paso Robles was arrested Wednesday, July 21, 2010, on suspicion of two counts of possessing child pornography. Original story » Plea: Not guilty to both charges. What's next: Is being held in SLO County jail; bail set at $60,000.

A Paso Robles man was arrested recently on suspicion of possessing child pornography, sheriff’s officials said Tuesday.

County sheriff’s correctional officers were conducting routine inspections for the Sheriff’s Department’s home detention program in April when they checked on 37-year-old Salvador Lopez in the 1900 block of Niderer Road.

Lopez, who has been previously convicted of possession of child pornography, is prohibited from having an operable computer at his home, officials said.

Correctional officers seized a computer at Lopez’s home and sent it for forensic examination. The investigation revealed additional child pornography had been downloaded on the laptop.

A warrant was issued for Lopez’s arrest; he was taken into custody last Wednesday and remains in County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail on suspicion of two counts of possessing child pornography, which are felonies.

The department’s home detention program allows people to be on supervised release to reduce jail overcrowding and reduce costs associated with housing nonviolent inmates, according to a news release from sheriff’s spokesman Rob Bryn.

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