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* Santa Cruz Man Steve Hibbett Arrested For Allegedly Distributing Child Porn

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A 55-year-old man who was allegedly engaged in interstate distribution and trading of child pornography was arrested in Santa Cruz on Wednesday, according to police.Steve Hibbett, of Santa Cruz, was arrested at about 2:20 p.m. following a tip by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and a representative from the regional Internet Crimes Against Children, a task force that helps local law enforcement agencies investigate offenders on the Internet.According to police, detectives used an online persona to find Hibbett. They located him at a local library and took him to the Police Department for questioning. During the course of the interview, detectives discovered that Hibbett had possessed, exhibited and distributed pornography
involving children under 14 years of age, police said.Police are investigating whether Hibbett used the computers at the local library to engage in the exchange and accessing of child pornography.Hibbett was booked into the Santa Cruz County jail for possession and distribution of obscene matter involving children under the age of 14. His bail was set at $300,000.Police encourage anyone who may have had inappropriate contact with Hibbett to call the Police Department’s investigations section at (831) 420-5820.

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  • I personaly know of this man mollesting a minor that I know. I will not name names as I plan to pursue these matters personally. I want the community to be aware that the DA’s office has on several occasions let this man walk the streets after several incidences. For what they called “lack of evidence” they have let him walk. Although the children abused by him told their stories to the DA themselves. For political reasons, we believe this was dismissed. And now we see this man, this pedofile, has again been brought to our attention for his disturbing actions. Personallay, I do not believe in the persecution af an individual without evidence. But I know he did – and the fact it is recorded that he did it to other children – and I wonder what does it take to stop someone like him? When a child is dead??

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