SAN FRANCISCO—Officials from the San Francisco Police Department have arrested two suspects in connection to uploading and trading child pornography over the internet. According to a press release from the SFPD, in March 2017, the SFPD Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit initiated an investigation where officials were able to identify the suspect as Billy Lockhart, 36, of San Francisco.

He was identified as a psychiatrist employed by the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Investigators determined that Lockhart was using UCSF Wi-Fi internet to upload child pornography. On May 9, authorities served a search warrant at Lockhart’s home located on the 100 block of Buena Vista Terrace. While inside the home, investigators found numerous media devices belonging to Lockhart, that contained hundreds videos and images of child pornography.

Benjamin Martin.  Photo courtesy of the SFPD.
Benjamin Martin. Photo courtesy of the SFPD.

Investigators were able to gather evidence that Lockhart was viewing child pornography as well. At the home, police arrested, Benjamin Martin, 33. Authorities found hundreds of child files on media devices in Martin’s possession. Both suspects were arrested at the home. Lockhart was charged for possession of child pornography, possession of over 600 files of child pornography, and distribution of child pornography. Martin was charged for possession of child pornography, and possession of over 600 files of child pornography.

Authorities are asking anyone who may have been a victim or who had any suspicious contact with Billy Lockhart and Benjamin Martin to contact the Special Victims Unit (415) 558-5500.

Written By Casey Jacobs

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