A child psychologist who had a private practice in Orinda pleaded not guilty in federal court in San Francisco today to a charge of possessing child pornography.
Keith Breslin, 68, of Lafayette, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Oakland on the charge on Dec. 15. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison. Breslin was previously arrested on suspicion of a state crime of possessing child pornography by the members of Contra Costa County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force on Oct. 5. A Contra Costa County Superior Court order issued on Nov. 28 prohibited him from practicing psychology. Breslin’s Orinda practice was called “A Child’s Point of View.”
Breslin was released on bail in the state case, but after the federal indictment was filed, he was re-arrested by federal officers at his home in Lafayette on Sunday and is now in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. Breslin was arraigned and pleaded not guilty before U.S. Magistrate Jacqueline Scott Corley in San Francisco today. His next court appearance is a detention hearing before Corley on Wednesday, to determine whether he should remain in custody while awaiting trial.
The trial judge assigned to the case is U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers of Oakland. When Breslin was initially arrested by the county task force in October, prosecutors in the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office said investigators found a “significant quantity” of child pornography on his home computer and electronic storage devices as well as additional child pornography files at his office in Orinda.
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