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SLO man arrested in child-porn case was youth football volunteer

Christopher Daniel Kluck, 57, of San Luis Obispo was arrested Wednesday, March 11, 2015, on suspicion of possession of child pornography. Original story »
Christopher Daniel Kluck, 57, of San Luis Obispo was arrested Wednesday, March 11, 2015, on suspicion of possession of child pornography. Original story »

A San Luis Obispo man arrested last week after police allegedly found images and videos of child pornography on his computers was a longtime volunteer with the Central Coast Youth Football League.

However, the league said Christopher Daniel Kluck, 57, did not have direct interaction with underage league participants during his 15 years in an administrative role, according to a note on its website.

His association with the league was severed following his arrest.

As of Tuesday, Kluck had yet to enter a plea in court.

He was arrested March 11 after an Arroyo Grande detective forwarded information to the San Luis Obispo Police Department alleging that Kluck was in possession of child pornography, according to a news release.

Police served a search warrant at Kluck’s residence on the 3900 block of South Higuera Street and seized four computers, seven hard drives and several flash drives allegedly belonging to Kluck.

A cursory look at one of the computers revealed pornographic images and videos of people who appear to be between the ages of 10 and 17, San Luis Obispo police said. Police investigators said it will take several weeks to review tens of thousands of images and videos discovered on those devices.

Kluck was arrested on suspicion of possessing material depicting a minor engaged in sexual conduct, and he posted $35,000 bail the same day, according to jail logs.

As of Tuesday, the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office had not filed charges against Kluck, and no court date had been set. A District Attorney’s Office spokesperson did not respond Tuesday afternoon to a request for comment on whether charges are pending against Kluck.

The message posted on the Central Coast Youth Football League website said that Kluck’s “volunteer privileges” were revoked immediately after his arrest.

“We are relieved that his volunteer position was administrative only and he did not have direct interaction with our youth,” the message reads. “While we do not want to downplay the seriousness or disturbing nature of these allegations, we do want to assure you steps were taken for the protection of our participants.”

The message adds that a Department of Justice background check did not reveal any previous criminal charges.

A search of San Luis Obispo County court records Tuesday did not show that Kluck had any criminal history locally.

The league website said it adopted a more stringent volunteer screening process in January.

League President Vic Kunze did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday, but board spokeswoman Pam Peca wrote in an email to The Tribune that the league requires all prospective volunteers to submit a Live Scan application to the California Department of Justice for a background check. Volunteers are also checked against California’s Megan’s Law sexual offender registry.

Peca wrote that volunteers complete just one background check and that the Department of Justice notifies the league should a volunteer be arrested.

She did not respond to subsequent requests for comment Tuesday.

The website message said Kluck had served more than 15 years with the league in administrative positions. Tax records for the nonprofit show that Kluck served as treasurer in 2000-01, but no more recent records were available.

As of Tuesday, Kluck remained listed as the league’s agent of service for the nonprofit Central Coast Youth Football League Inc., according to the secretary of state’s website.

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