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‘Police arrest gay rights advocate for child porn showing toddlers in sex acts with men

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POSTED June 26, 2012 9:08 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A longtime San Francisco gay rights advocate has been arrested after police said they linked him to an email account that had sent and received images of toddlers engaging in sex acts with men.

Larry Brinkin, 66, who worked for the San Francisco Human Rights Commission before his retirement two years ago, was jailed overnight Friday after officers seized a desktop computer, two laptops, videos, a floppy disk and thumb drives from his home, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Prosecutors had not filed charges as of Tuesday afternoon.

"The district attorney's office is taking this case very seriously," said Stephanie Ong Stillman, a spokesman for District Attorney George Gascon. "We are waiting for computer forensic evidence to be completed so we can make a proper charging decision. These types of cases are complex in nature and we require more time to thoroughly evaluate the evidence."

A voicemail message left by The Associated Press at Brinkin's home was not immediately returned.

As a compliance officer and manager in the Human Rights Commission's Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & HIV Division, Brinkin was responsible for enforcing anti-discrimination laws such as San Francisco's first-of-its-kind ordinance requiring city contractors to provide health benefits for workers' same-sex partners. The nonprofit that organizes the city's gay pride parade honored him for his work in 2002.

He also oversaw discrimination complaints, including a 2003 claim by an HIV-infected gymnast who claimed he was fired by Cirque du Soleil because of his health status and a 2005 investigation of a gay bar that was accused of discriminating against black patrons.

Brinkin also is credited with bringing the nation's first domestic partner lawsuit. In 1982, he sued his employer at the time, Southern Pacific Railroad, alleging it denied him bereavement leave following the death of his partner.

Since his retirement, Brinkin has remained active in civil rights as board president of the California Association of Human Relations Organizations. His biography on the association's website states that he has a partner of 26 years and a teenage son.

The child pornography investigation originated in Los Angeles after officials at AOL Inc. told authorities they had found email attachments from a subscriber's account showing children as young as 1 year old being sodomized and performing oral sex on men, the Chronicle reported. The newspaper quoted a San Francisco police search warrant that states the account was registered to Brinkin and paid for with his credit card.

Email messages from the same AOL account included graphic and racist descriptions of children being raped.

 

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