San Francisco police on Monday announced the arrest of five people in an alleged child pornography distribution ring.
Police said the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit initially began investigating San Francisco residents Gary Waite, 38, and Danica Morais, 34, in March of this year on suspicion of having uploaded and distributed child pornography online involving children under the age of 10.
Waite and Morais were arrested in June on suspicion of possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography.
Through their arrests, however, investigators were able to uncover three additional suspects.
Investigators determined that Waite was distributing child pornography to San Francisco resident Lorenzo Brown, 36, and that Brown was saving the material sent to him, according to police.
Brown, who was already in custody in San Mateo County on an unrelated matter, was arrested on Aug. 3 on suspicion of possession of child pornography.
Investigators also determined that Morais had been distributing the child pornography to residents in two other counties, police said.
On August 16, Los Angeles police served a warrant in connection with the case and arrested 35-year-old Justyn Tomblyn on suspicion of possession of child pornography.
And in mid-September, Sacramento police served a search warrant and arrested Sacrament resident Michael Brown, 42, on suspicious of possession of child pornography.
Anyone who feels they may have been a victim or had any suspicious contact with the subjects is asked to call the Special Victims Unit at 415-558-5500.