Crime

SLO man pleads no contest to child porn charges

Stephen Joseph Lemus, 38, was arrested in December after detectives served a search warrant at a room he rented in a San Luis Obispo home.
Stephen Joseph Lemus, 38, was arrested in December after detectives served a search warrant at a room he rented in a San Luis Obispo home. Courtesy of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office

A San Luis Obispo man accused of possessing and transferring child pornography in December will serve jail time and supervision following pleas of no contest to three felonies in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.

Stephen Joseph Lemus, 38, pleaded no contest on June 9 to possessing and transporting child porn, and possessing matter depicting minors engaging in sexual conduct. No charges were dismissed in exchange for his plea.

According to court records, Lemus will serve 84 days in the San Luis Obispo County Jail, followed by 186 days of home detention and three years of felony probation. He also is required to register as a sex offender.

Police detectives, acting on a tip, served a search warrant Dec. 30 at a home on the 2500 block of Johnson Avenue. They 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 children appeared to be as young as 4.

Lt. John Bledsoe said at the time that all the evidence was collected in Lemus’ room, which is detached from a main residence, and Lemus was 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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