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Friday, July 7, 2006

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Sex Offender Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography

Los Angeles: Los Angeles police detectives have arrested a suspect for possession of child pornography today. The detectives are making the suspect's photo public to look for additional victims or witnesses.

On June 14, 2006, detectives began investigating Stephen Matthew Brott, 47, a registered sex offender, who matched the description of a person reported to be loitering next to an elementary school while class was in session. Detectives went to Brott's home where they found numerous sexually explicit photographs and videotape recordings of small children. Additional sexual photographs and videotape recordings of children were found by police at a nearby storage facility that was rented by Brott. Over 100 videotape recordings and photographs were seized.

Brott was arrested for possession of child pornography and he was released after posting bail in the amount of $25,000.00. Detectives were unable to connect Brott to the initial loitering complaint.

The Sexually Exploited Child Unit (SECU) examined Brott's photographs and videotapes and determined that they contained child pornography, which included upskirt photographs of girls, ages 6 to 10 years old. The evidence depicted small children sunbathing at local beaches and pools who appeared to be unaware that they were being photographed.

The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office filed 10 misdemeanor counts against Brott. On July 7, 2006, at 9:45 AM, SECU detectives arrested Brott at his residence in West Los Angeles. Brott was booked at Parker Center Jail for possession of child pornography. Bail was set at $200,000. Brott remains in police custody pending a court appearance.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the SECU at 213-485-2883. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number for the Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).

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