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Doctor From Long Beach Charged With Child Porn

Podiatrist to be arraigned on charges of having more than 1,000 images on his Santa Ana office computer of nude little girls, some posed in sex acts. Authorities are seeking other victims.

A Long Beach resident and Santa Ana doctor is expected in court Thursday to face a charge of possessing over 1,000 images of child pornography on his office computer.

Podiatrist Pete Thomas, 58, Long Beach, has been free on $50,000 bail since his arrest last month, the Orange County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday.

Thomas is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning on a single felony count of possession and control of child pornography and could face a three-year maximum prison sentence and registered sex offender status if found guilty.

Thomas has no children, according to O.C. Deputy District Attorney Whitney Bokosky, who is prosecuting the case. She said Wednesday that Thomas was not found to be in any of the images from his computer reviewed thus far.

Bokosky, from the Sexual Assault Unit, said she was not able to release even cross streets nearest Thomas's Long Beach residence.

"It is still an ongoing investigation," Bokosky said Wednesday afternoon. "We have confirmed  ... with the National Center for [Missing and] Exploited Children" that the more than 1,000 photos allegedly on Thomas's computer feature girls ages 7 to 12 that are already registered as being exchanged on the internet.

According to court documents, Thomas was working at Coastline Podiatry of Santa Ana when on Oct. 15, he hired a technician to install a scanner on an office computer. The imaging company technician "noticed thumbnail images of young girls who were nude and in sexual positions," a press release stated. "The representative completed the installation, told his supervisor about the images, and reported [the finding] to the Santa Ana Police Department."

Two weeks later, the press statement said, police detectives and "the Orange County Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory investigated the files on the computer. The defendant is accused of possessing approximately 1,100 images of girls ranging from 7 to 12 years old in stages of undress and showing their breasts or vagina, including approximately 100 images of young girls involved in sex acts with grown men."

Thomas was arrested on Dec. 11 by police officers but it was not disclosed where Thomas was taken into custody.

Convicted sex offenders are required to be registered for life, and in Orange County, that bars the offender from entering county recreation areas and city parks as per the Sex Offender Ordinance.

Visitwww.orangecountyda.com to read the prior press releases on the County's Sex Offender Ordinance and 14 cities that have enacted it.

Any suspected victim of a sexual offense is urged to contact Santa Ana police Detective Mike Judson at (714) 245-8378 or Supervising District Attorney Investigator Anthony Sosnowski at (714) 347-8794.

J Smith January 10, 2013 at 03:42 PM
2105 E Florida St, Apt 14 LB....for those of you in that area who have small children.
CD Irvine January 10, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Thank you! I think everyone has the right to know where a sex offender like this might be.
Watts January 10, 2013 at 06:11 PM
If that is correct, coincidentally that is almost exactly where this shooting just took place the other night: http://longbeach-ca.patch.com/articles/assault-rifles-found-after-lb-officers-shot-suspect
Nancy Wride (Editor) January 10, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Because I know a Pete Thomas who has not been arrested, I was going to double check that above address today to ensure it is the same person. But very interesting.
Watts January 10, 2013 at 08:50 PM
I did kind of wonder about that address myself, because I am very familiar with that neighborhood and it isn't exactly where you picture doctors living.
John B. Greet January 10, 2013 at 10:45 PM
While I'm not condoning any of the alleged crimes described in this story, I think it's important that we remember that this person is still being prosecuted at this point. It is still possible (though not very likely) that he may not be convicted. Because this is so, publishing the defendant's most recent residence address (or allowing it to be published) seems, to me, a bit irresponsible.
Panglonymous January 10, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Second that.
Watts January 10, 2013 at 11:17 PM
Despite the fact that I was cross referencing the posted address to the other recent news event. I agree that this type of information should be kept private unless there is a conviction.
Donna Burns January 15, 2013 at 03:12 PM
You would think a 56 year old adult would know the law number one... Protect kids, he can worry about himself.

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