Following a tip, San Luis Obispo police detectives served a search warrant Wednesday morning and arrested a 38-year-old man on suspicion of possessing child pornography.
Stephen Joseph Lemus was arrested following a search at about 8:15 a.m. on the 2500 block of Johnson Avenue, according to a San Luis Obispo Police Department news release.
Detectives allegedly found several images and videos of children engaged in various sex acts with adults who could not be identified “due to the manner in which the images were photographed or taped,” the department said. Some of the children appeared to be as young as 4.
All the evidence was collected in Lemus’ room, which is detached from a main residence, according to Lt. John Bledsoe, and Lemus is the listed subscriber for the room’s Internet service. Bledsoe said investigators have no reason to believe anyone else in the residence was involved.
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A forensic search of Lemus’ computer as well as other personal electronic devices continued through Wednesday.
As of early Wednesday evening, Lemus remained in custody at San Luis Obispo County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.