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HANFORD — The Hanford Police Department recently arrested two men, one a registered sex offender, in separate child pornography cases.

On Aug. 1, police officials said they received a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding a Google Account user that was in possession of hundreds of videos and photos of child pornography.

United States federal law defines child pornography as any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving someone under the age of 18.

During the investigation, officials determined 40-year-old Ted James Wooten was the user of the account and resided in to 700 block of Kavanaugh Street in Hanford.

On Nov. 14, Hanford detectives and officers from the Problem Oriented Policing team served a search warrant at the address.

Detectives said multiple electronic devices were located at the residence that contained hundreds of photos and videos of child pornography.

They said Wooten was also located at the residence and was arrested on suspicion of child pornography, with the enhancement of possession of over 600 images.

Authorities said Wooten is already a registered sex offender for a felony conviction in 2008 for lewd or lascivious act with a child under 14 years of age.

On Aug. 15, officials said the department again received multiple cyber tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding a Tumblr.com account user that was in possession of child pornography.

During the investigation, officials said they determined the user of the account resided in the city of Hanford.

On Dec. 20, Hanford detectives and officers from the Problem Oriented Policing team served a search warrant at an address in the 900 block of Davinci Street.

They said multiple electronic devices were located at the residence, with at least one device containing child pornography.

Police said 22-year-old Austin Hermosillo was contacted at the residence and it was determined he was the user of the Tumblr.com account and was in possession of the child pornography.

Authorities said Hermosillo was arrested and booked into the Kings County Jail on suspicion of child pornography.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website, its CyberTipline is the nation’s centralized reporting system for the online exploitation of children.

Through the CyberTipline, the public and electronic service providers can make reports of suspected online enticement of children for sexual acts; extra-familial child sexual molestation; child pornography; child sex tourism; child sex trafficking; unsolicited obscene materials sent to a child; misleading domain names; and misleading words or digital images on the internet.

The center’s staff reviews each tip and work to find a potential location for the incident reported so that it may be made available to the appropriate law enforcement agency for possible investigation.

Hanford Police Lt. Gregory Freiner said just like other law enforcement agencies, the department receives tips from places like the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and other agencies that are set up to monitor these types of activities. He said the department is given general locations that officers and detectives follow-up on.

“They are time consuming investigations because of the technology required to make the connections,” Freiner said.

As of Nov. 20, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children officials said the CyberTipline has received over 42.9 million reports.

“The disturbing reality is that the internet platforms we use every day to connect with each other and share information, including social media, online gaming, and e-mail, are now being used to disseminate and collect [child sexual abuse material],” said the Center’s website. “[The material] can be found in virtually any online realm.”

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