Turlock Police Detectives have arrested Damon Witt, a 48-year-old male from Turlock, for possession of child pornography.
Witt was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on a single charge of possession of child pornography.
The arrest was made after following a tip from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
Turlock Police Detectives served a search warrant in the 900 block of West Tuolumne Road, where several electronic devices were seized.
After conducting a forensic examination of the devices, Detectives arrested Mr. Witt. Mr. Witt did not manufacture the images he possessed, Rather they were images which have been circulating on the internet for some time and are well known to law enforcement nationwide.
During the investigation, Turlock Detectives were made aware that Mr. Witt has been employed as a substitute teacher in and around Stanislaus County area schools.
Due to Mr. Witt’s access to children through his employment, Turlock Detectives are asking anyone who may have further information about Mr. Witt to contact Detective Tim Redd at (209) 664-7325.
The Turlock Police Department is thankful for the working relationship they have with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the Stanislaus County Office of Education.
Turlock police will always investigate and arrest anyone found to be in possession of images which exploit children. Police work hard every day to ensure that children are safe.
“Investigators will continue to work with agencies nationwide to achieve this goal and hold those who take advantage of children accountable,” said Turlock Police Chief Nino Amirfar.
The Turlock Police Department is an active participant in the Crime Stoppers Program. Callers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 and may be eligible for a cash reward.