Contra Costa County Man Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography

December 20, 2013 12:40 pm · 29 comments

On Friday December 20th, Contra Costa District Attorney Mark A. Peterson announced the arrest of George Robert Lee III, a 44 year old resident of Danville, for possession of child pornography. Lee’s arrest comes as a result of a joint investigation involving several law enforcement agencies in Contra Costa County.

The following information is from the Office of CoCo County D.A. Mark Peterson:

In early November, the Pleasant Hill Police Department developed information indicating that a Contra Costa County resident was sharing child pornography on the internet. After determining that the illegal activity was occurring at a residence in the City of Danville, they presented their investigative findings to the Investigations Bureau of the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office.

On December 17th, 2013, Investigators from the District Attorney’s Office, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Concord, San Ramon, Moraga, Martinez, and Danville Police Departments, were assisted by the San Jose Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in executing a search warrant in the 500 block of Saint George Rd in Danville. Evidence was recovered during the search of the residence resulting in Lee’s arrest. Lee was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility, where he was later released on $40,000 bail.

On December 18th, 2013, the District Attorney’s Office formally charged Lee with felony possession of child pornography. Lee will make his initial appearance in court sometime in early 2014. Lee faces a maximum sentence of 3 years in prison if convicted.

District Attorney Mark A. Peterson stated that “this office will aggressively prosecute anyone involved in the exploitation of child sexual abuse victims.”


1 Weirdo December 20, 2013 at 1:42 PM

If he’s guilty, cut it off!

2 Bubbles December 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM

If he’s guilty he faces only three years? I’m sorry I can’t stand people that mess with Children or the Elderly!! If he’s guilty give him to the families of the parents to deal with.

3 Cowellian December 20, 2013 at 2:14 PM

If he’s guilty, give him a nice, short life sentence.

4 WTH? December 20, 2013 at 2:17 PM

$40,000 bail (which he made, so now he’s out) and a maximum of 3 years in prison?

What a JOKE

5 Cartman December 20, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Boil him.

6 Child molesters should be severely punished... December 20, 2013 at 3:16 PM

…but let’s keep this in perspective. This guy is accused of sharing pictures of children. He isn’t accused of touching any children, or even taking the pictures himself. So, a life sentence, or even death, might be a little harsh.

7 Yucky December 20, 2013 at 3:21 PM

It shows the rich also commit heinous crimes. This guy probably can buy his way out of trouble. Will he lower the property values? I sure hope so……..

8 jtkatec December 20, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Wow, Danville only has six sex offenders listed on the Megan’s law website. Now Danville has seven.

9 DOMIFAN December 20, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Get a noose

10 @ #7 December 20, 2013 at 3:34 PM

I can’t believe you just spewed all that crap.

You must not have children.

11 anonanonagain December 20, 2013 at 3:45 PM

@ #7, Excuse me!!! The fact that this person is not only viewing children in sexually abusive situations and sharing with others shows that this guy is a sick individual. The proliferation of these images is in demand by pedophiles, active or non active and more children will be harmed in the making of these images/videos. You can’t fix these disgusting pieces of human filth. ANYONE that views a child as a sexual object should be put in front of a firing squad in my opinion…..

12 ClayDen December 20, 2013 at 4:14 PM

That address is in the gated Crow Canyon Country Club.


13 just a regular joe December 20, 2013 at 4:15 PM

looks like the guy has caught a case of affluenza…
too rich to touch, bet he gets off with a slap on the wrist
i cant imagine the mind of a pedofile, but would imagine none of us would risk our children on the hope that the fine line between viewing and doing is never crossed?
i vote lock em up & throw away the key
but im sure his expensive laywer that prolly plays golf with the judges every weekend will have a different opinion

14 Grin December 20, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Pedophiles are sick and shouldn’t be let out after only 3 years! They will just repeat the crime. Get the rope and hang him. Don’t spend another dime on this guy, not for bullets to shoot him or for feeding him in jail. Hang him and use the same rope for the next sicko.

15 I hope he is guilty or they just screwed up persons life! December 20, 2013 at 4:38 PM

What happened to due process.

At least let this slime ball have his day in court.

I also think these sort of people de4serve a very long sentience.

Guess what they do to people like this in prison.

16 ragtop December 20, 2013 at 5:00 PM

This is tstrange, as Berny Ward of KGO radio got a much longer jail term.. I think he is still in jail and its been much more than 3 years

17 child advocate December 20, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Arrests are public record and the public should know that there is a possible threat in the area. If he’s looking at child pornography there’s a very good chance that he’s touched a child. Most pedophiles are opportunistic abusers. Parents should know not to allow their kids to end up be this guy’s “opportunity”.

18 Cowellian December 20, 2013 at 6:04 PM

He’ll get due process – in a court of law, and just maybe, he can satisfactorily explain the child pornography on his personal computer. I wouldn’t bet on it though.

19 Joe December 20, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Let him go. Problem solved. Society will root out the evil.

20 hmk December 20, 2013 at 8:32 PM

3 years? ? Don’t our children deserve better than that? ?
Sick !! No wonder people seek their own “justice”. Smh …..

21 Jack Johnson December 20, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Cut it off and feed it to a moronic pitbulls!!

22 Phoenix December 20, 2013 at 11:48 PM

Time to get a rope!

23 J. December 21, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Seems like light justice to me.

24 Who else? December 21, 2013 at 10:28 AM

why the other cities? who else was he sharing these images with? I want names, address. Make it public for all to know. I live in Martinez, a listed and highlighlighted city. No Megan’s Law offenders in my apts, but all up and down this popular street, and not too far from an apt complex who is home to a entire cesspool of them. ROUND THEM UP AND DO WHAT’S NEEDED TO BE DONE ALREADY!!!!

25 @24 December 21, 2013 at 5:34 PM

It’s not the registered sex offenders you should be worried about. Everybody’s watching them. The ones who should scare you are the ones who have never been busted and nobody suspects. Could be anybody you know. Your friends, coworkers, or fellow churchgoers. Better round all of them up, too.

26 Concordite December 22, 2013 at 2:21 AM

Ok so you say keep it in perspective; that he only is being charged of looking at, and sharing pictures” KEY WORDS BEING ” ONLY BEING CHARGED WITH” that doesn’t mean he hasn’t or wont do more. come on anyone sick enough to have that arouse or interest them is sick enough for the rest of it, and if he isn’t doing it YET it’s only a matter of time. He’s a sick sick man who is apparently sane enough to know right from wrong as I am sure he knows the laws. so that means this sick crap was that important to him, with such intensity that he couldn’t control himself and was willing to risk everything for it?? tell me he hasn’t or wont go further- if not dealt with now/

27 @Concordite December 22, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Your reasoning (though shared by many) doesn’t make any sense. It’s like saying that if you watch porn, you will eventually become a rapist. There are people I would love to kill, but I’ll never do it.

I’m not saying that possessing kiddie porn isn’t a serious crime. But I still have to maintain that it’s considerably LESS serious than actually molesting children.

And, as usual, we don’t have all the facts. There’s also a difference between having porn involving 3-year olds, and a couple of topless selfies taken by a 17-year old. If you disagree, you probably shouldn’t be commenting on legal matters.

28 Cowellian December 22, 2013 at 10:38 AM

@ @Concordite #27,
Where your reasoning fails is that watching porn doesn’t require somebody actually being raped. Watching child porn requires a child to be molested. And I’m pretty sure that you know we wouldn’t even be having this conversation if it was about topless selfies.

29 Acrsj December 22, 2013 at 8:34 PM

The thing is, many think looking at porn of underage people is abnormal or only done by sick people. the conversation saying “round em up” doesn’t solve anything at all. “barely legal porn” is the most popular pornography depicting females (less popularly, males) who are said to be 18 but are judged by independent raters and plenty of people to be as young as 11 or younger by others..though their “secondary sexual characteristics” are highlighted, enhanced or digitally created and then They are put in sexually suggestive positions and when this is done enough (which in our culture is done a lot more than people realize), the brain (yes the average brain, thousands of people are tested on their unconscious and conscious assumptions about youth) associates youth with sexuality and they LEARN to assume that youth have sexual thoughts, know what they want sexually and are judged to be attractive. Even the participants are surprised when they see how quickly they associate youth with sexuality and how strong the unconscious. This doesn’t make them terrible people. This factor combined with certain internal dispositions that are affected by experiences make it fairly comprehensible to see exactly how pedophiliac behavior occurs. But if you are outraged by it—do the research, get educated, learn about the systemic contributors, learn about the human brain, if you are going to complain, learn how to help and make the world a better place in a realistic way.

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