Bay Area Residents Caught In Federal Child Porn Sweep

123 victims identified nationwide

By Chris Roberts
|  Friday, Jan 4, 2013  |  Updated 12:08 PM PDT
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This man was arrested for child porn, as were 37 people in California during Operation Sunflower, federal law enforcement agents announced.

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Among the 245 "suspected child porn producers" caught up in a federal law enforcement sweep last month are five Bay Area residents, according to reports.

In Operation Sunflower, federal law enforcement rescued 44 children from abusers and arrested 37 suspected abusers in California, the most of any state, according to the Contra Costa Times.

Arrests were made in San Jose, San Leandro, San Francisco, and Sonoma County.

Michael Lindsay, 53, of San Jose, was arrested Nov. 8 while on his way to the Philippines. He was accused of having sexual contact with a 13-year old girl in that country.

No other Bay Area suspect or arrestees were identified by name.

There were 123 victims in all identified in the stings, 70 females, and 53 males.

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