By Chris Roberts
A San Francisco man employed by the federal Department of Homeland Security (Wikipedia) was arrested and charged with two felonies for possessing and distributing child pornography, police said.
Gilbert Lam, 37, was arrested at his San Francisco home on March 9 and has since been charged in San Francisco Superior Court. He is in custody in San Francisco County Jail. Bail has been set at $250,000.
Lam's arrest came after San Jose cops raided his home in 2011. The San Jose-based Internet crimes task force, which is set up to bust Internet users who dabble in kiddie porn, found 80 videos of child pornography after a forensic search was performed on "computers, hard drives, and electronic media" located in his bedroom, according to authorities.
He's accused of possessing the videos in question as well as distributing them via the Internet, through BitTorrent (Wikipedia) or other methods.
It's not yet known how Lam landed on authorities' radar initially, or why it took over a-year-and-a-half after the raid for police to arrest him.
Since Lam is a federal employee, the case was turned over to the local U.S. Attorney's Office, which kicked the case back to local cops. The case was back in the laps of San Francisco police on Feb. 28, and a warrant for Lam's arrest was issued on March 7; he was arrested two days later.
It's believed Lam works for the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol office at San Francisco International Airport, where he checks passports of travelers entering the country. It is not yet known if he is still in the employ of the federal government.
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