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Arrest made for child porn

A Grass Valley man was arrested Thursday night after police allegedly found child pornography at his home on the 13000 block of Rattlesnake Road.

In a joint operation, Nevada County Sheriff’s Office and Berkeley Police Department investigators searched the home of Luis Ponce, 49, and found material depicting a minor engaging in sexual conduct Thursday night, said Nevada County Sheriff’s Lt. Ron Smith.

“He had graphic images,” said Smith, who would not elaborate on the ongoing investigation.



After the search warrant was issued at Ponce’s home, additional “erotica” was found in his locker at a fire station where he has worked as a paramedic supervisor in Berkeley, Smith said.

Ponce reportedly has commuted weekly to his job in Berkeley.




The Berkeley Police Department began the investigation more than a week ago, when additional evidence of child pornography was found at the Berkeley fire station, and contacted Nevada County authorities to assist in Thursday’s search.

Ponce was booked into the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility Thursday night on suspicion of possessing matter depicting a minor engaging in sexual conduct, a misdemeanor. He is being held on $60,000 bail and is scheduled for transport to Alameda County to face the charge in court.

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To contact staff writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail robynm @theunion.com or call 477-4236.


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