SAN FRANCISCO—Kean John Szeto, 19, was arrested on February 13 after the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) served a search warrant under the suspicion he was conducting inappropriate communication with a minor in San Francisco.

New York State Troopers alerted the SFPD Internet Crime Against Children (ICAC) unit about the suspect in 2019. The ICAC started their investigation and discovered the suspect was storing “sexually explicit files of a minor” in several cloud storage accounts. 

The minor had been “tormented and extorted” for the photos and videos by Szeto online and became so traumatized from the occurrence the minor began to harm themselves.

Szeto was identified by the SFPD, where he was later taken into custody. Authorities seized his computer equipment from his home located on the 200 block of Monticello Street.

He was arrested for extortion, production of child pornography, possession of child pornography, communicating with a minor to commit a sexual act, inflicting emotional suffering to a minor, and annoying or molesting a minor.

The SFPD is asking anyone who may have been a victim or have had any suspicious contact with Kean John Szeto to contact the SFPD Special Victims Unit (415) 558-5500.