San Francisco Bay Area Sex Crime

Three men Arrested in San Francisco for Internet Crimes Against Children

Three men were arrested in separate cases last month in connection with investigations into Internet crimes against children, according to San Francisco police. The most recent arrest came Aug. 23, when Sausalito resident Stanley Barbarich was taken into custody on suspicion of child pornography and possession of more than 600 files of child pornography, police said in a news release. Barbarich, 73, was arrested at his houseboat on Liberty Dock, by San Francisco police investigators, assisted by deputies and detectives from the Marin County Sheriff’s Department.

In a separate incident, 50-year-old Maurice Alvarez of San Francisco was taken into custody Aug. 21 after San Francisco police and Homeland Security investigators executed a search warrant at the his home in the 2700 block of Bush Street. Alvarez, an electrician, was arrested on suspicion of possession of more than 600 files of child pornography. In a third investigation, police arrested Cristobal Avendano of San Francisco, on Aug. 20. Avendano, 54, was suspected of trying to meet and have sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl through social media.

The suspect had allegedly attempted to send graphic sexual images to the child, police said. Avendano was charged by the San Francisco District Attorney with arranging a meeting with a minor for sexual contact, communicating with a minor to have sexual contact and going to an arranged meeting with a minor for sexual contact. The investigations are ongoing.

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