Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 17 / 27 April 2017
 

SF politico’s child porn sentencing delayed

Juan Enrique Pearce (Photo: SFPD)

Juan Enrique Pearce (Photo: SFPD)

The sentencing on child pornography charges for a well-known political consultant who once campaigned for San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and others has been delayed after a judge said he couldn’t be sentenced to home detention.

Juan Enrique Pearce, of San Francisco, who was jailed briefly after his May 2015 arrest, pleaded guilty in December 2016 to possession of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and buying or receiving stolen property, according to court records. In exchange, prosecutors had dismissed charges of possession of over 600 images depicting children “engaged in or simulating sexual conduct” – including at least 10 images showing children younger than 12, possession of sadomasochistic child or youth pornography. (The stolen property was a parking meter.)

Pearce had been set to do six months of home detention, but San Francisco Superior Court Judge Rene Nazarro told him Friday (March 10) that since Sheriff Vicki Hennessy had disapproved that plan, it wouldn’t be an option.

Navarro said that Pearce either needs to serve his six months in county jail, or withdraw his guilty plea and start criminal proceedings over again.

“Back to the drawing board,” Douglas Horngrad, Pearce’s attorney, said in court.

Pearce’s next court date is April 7, when he and his attorneys are expected to say what he wants to do.

Pearce declined to speak with reporters Friday morning as he entered the courtroom, and his attorneys rushed him away after the hearing.

A gay longtime city staffer previously told the Bay Area Reporter that Pearce had told him he’s gay.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, March 10, 2017 @ 5:29 pm PST
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