San Mateo police arrested a 19-year-old Los Altos man March 27 on charges that include possession of child pornography.
According to police, a concerned parent contacted authorities after observing a man identified as Edward George Mielke acting suspiciously and taking pictures of young children with his mobile phone at Peninsula Gymnastics in the 1700 block of Leslie Street.
Police noted that the witness had seen Mielke “hanging around” the gymnastics facility for the past several weeks.
Patrol officers arrested Mielke after examining his phone, which contained photos of underage children outside the facility and taking part in physical activities at other unknown locations, as well as internet child pornography downloaded from a foreign website. Responding officers arrested Mielke and the families of photographed children connected to Peninsula Gymnastics were notified, police said.
A subsequent search of Mielke’s home turned up additional suspicious photographs and materials. Mielke was booked into San Mateo County Jail on charges of possessing child pornography and child annoyance.
Police are working closely with the staff at Peninsula Gymnastics to determine whether there was any inappropriate contact between Mielke, and whether any issues with students photographed or otherwise affected are appropriately addressed.