Pleasant Hill man guilty of child pornography – Mercury News

A jury has found a man guilty of aggravated possession of child pornography and attempting to destroy evidence, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.

A six-day trial ended Tuesday with a jury finding that Won Kwak, 30, had more than 600 photos showing children engaging in sexually explicit behavior on November 24, 2020, when members of a task force to combat online crimes against children conducted research. Note at his home in Pleasant Hill.

According to the evidence, Contra Costa County’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force obtained a search warrant after learning that someone in the home had made sexually explicit pictures of children available on the Internet.

“When the officers knocked on the front door, Kwak looked through the curtains, saw the police officers, then went to his computer and began deleting the child pornography files,” a statement read, adding that a Concord Police investigator called a digital forensics expert “was able to recover many of these files and prove to a jury exactly what Kwak did to delete them.”

In his speech hearing scheduled for January 7, Kwak faces up to five years in state prison.

Detectives and investigators with Walnut Creek, Antioch, Martinez, San Ramon, Concord, Moraga Police Departments, the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, the Probation Department and the Attorney General’s Office are involved in the task force, which is administered by the San Jose Police.

Parents seeking information about children’s safety online can visit kidsmartz.org.

Call George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

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