Mountain View Police detectives today (Aug. 17) announced the arrest of a Mountain View teen they say possessed hundreds of child pornography images.
Josh Chispa, 18, is charged with possession of child pornography, a felony, and distribution of child pornography, a misdemeanor. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail; bail is set at $50,000.
“This arrest came from many hours of diligent work by detectives following up on a tip,” Lt. Tim Dahl said in a Mountain View Police Department blog post. “These types of crimes are always extremely concerning, and anyone who has any additional information should contact us.”
Mountain View Police Department’s Cyber Crime Unit received a tip about the pornography, and detectives used the information to obtain a search warrant, according to the blog post. During today’s search of Chispa’s home, located in the 500 block of West Middlefield Road, detectives allegedly uncovered several devices containing child pornography, including images of lewd and lascivious conduct involving children under age 12.
A student by the name of Josh Chispa graduated from Los Altos High School in June, but police officials were not able confirm whether he and the suspect are the same person.
The investigation continues, and anyone with relevant information is asked to call Detectives Britton Moore or Marco Garcia at 903-6344.
The police department thanked the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for assisting in the investigation.