Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 38 / 21 September 2017
 

SF couple arrested on child porn charges

Billy Lockhart (Photo: SFPD)

Billy Lockhart (Photo: SFPD)

Benjamin Martin (Photo: SFPD)

Benjamin Martin (Photo: SFPD)

A San Francisco couple are facing charges that they each possessed more than 600 files of child pornography.

Billy Lockhart, 36, a psychiatrist at UCSF, and Benjamin Martin, 33, were arrested Tuesday, May 9 at their home in the 100 block of Buena Vista Terrace, police said in a news release. The men are in a relationship, according to their Facebook profiles.

Lockhart, who allegedly used UCSF Wi-Fi to upload child pornography, is not in custody. He didn’t respond to a Facebook message from the Bay Area Reporter, and his profile on the site has been deleted.

A UCSF statement says that the university “has placed Dr. Lockhart on investigatory leave from the Department of Psychiatry’s residency training program, suspending all clinical activity and access to all UCSF information systems.”

As of Thursday night, Martin was being held on $115,000 bail, according to sheriff’s department records. But by Friday morning, he’d been released.

In March, police said, the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit began investigating someone “who was uploading and trading child pornography on the internet” and eventually identified Lockhart as the suspect.

Monday, police served a search warrant at the couple’s home and found “numerous media devices belonging to Lockhart, which all contained hundreds of child pornography videos and images.” They also gathered evidence that he was viewing child pornography.

Additionally, investigators found “hundreds of child pornography files on media devices belonging to Martin,” police said.

Lockhart was arrested on suspicion of possession of child pornography, possession of over 600 files of child pornography, and distribution of child pornography. Martin was arrested on suspicion of possession of child pornography and possession of over 600 files of child pornography.

Police are asking anyone who feels they may have been a victim with Lockhart or Martin or who had “suspicious contact” with them to contact the Special Victims Unit at (415) 558-5500.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, May 11, 2017 @ 9:32 pm PST
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