Santa Margarita man arrested for child pornography

January 23, 2015
Santa Maria High School teacher Michael Smith

Santa Maria High School teacher Michael Smith

Deputies arrested a Santa Margarita man Thursday for distributing child pornography depicting prepubescent children engaged in sexual acts.

At about 6:30 p.m., San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s detectives served a search warrant at the I Street home of Michael David Smith, 53, a high school teacher. At the residence located near Santa Margarita Elementary School, detectives seized computers, laptops, external hard drives, memory cards and DVDs.

On one external hard drive alone, there were multiple images of prepubescent children engaged in sexual acts. At this time, there is no evidence the manufacturing of child pornography was being conducted at the residence.

Detectives arrested Smith on one count of possession of child pornography and one count of distribution of child pornography. He is no longer in custody.

Smith is a teacher at Santa Maria High School and is also the assistant varsity coach of the high school boys’ basketball team.

On Wednesday, Paso Robles police arrested Steven Lindhorst, 51, after discovering photos and videos of child porn on his computers, some of which they say he created. Officers discovered approximately 24,000 images and 200 videos, most containing images of pubescent children engaged in sexual acts.

Officers have identified and contacted 14 of Lindhorst’s victims.

The two cases are not connected, said Tony Cipolla, sheriff’s department spokesperson.



  1. guest says:

    Fact: Liberals dominate public education.

    Fact: Liberal Teacher’s Unions always support, endorse, and fund Democrat candidates, including Obama!

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  2. indigo1955 says:

    “Smith is a teacher at Santa Maria High School and is also the assistant varsity coach of the high school boys’ basketball team”.

    How about WAS a teacher assistant varsity coach?

    Why don’t you guys come and get help? What you say is confidential in cases like this…therapist are only mandated to report a few things-and this is NOT one of them.

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  3. Pelican1 says:

    Lobotomize and castrate.

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  4. audidriver2010 says:

    Lindquest or Lindhorst??? hellloooooo?

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  5. audidriver2010 says:

    And just look at what our own FBI has been up to

    running its own site to catch more pedos..

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  6. agag1 says:

    Terminate him immediately–with cause!

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    • Ted Slanders says:


      Blaspheme! Obviously you have forgotten that if Michael Smith is a Christian, or he will soon become one in prison, then he is totally forgiven of his child abuse pornography and any acts thereof!

      “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:9)

      “To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” (Acts 10:43)

      This is one of the perks in being a true Christian, in that we’re ALWAYS forgiven of our sins, no matter what we do. Christians have the opportunity to meet Michael Smith in heaven someday, won’t that be something to look forward too?

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      • Black_Copter_Pilot says:

        Ted, your statement that ALL sins can be forgiven ain’t exactly true. There is one sin that is not forgiven. You may want to ammend your proclamation.

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        • Ted Slanders says:


          I was assuming that Mr. Smith would not be doing the “Unpardonable Sin” since he needs the Christian faith to save him from Hell! Our Christian Forgiveness Doctrine truly does provide, where there is no real incentive not to sin. Glory!

          “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come” (Matthew 12:31-32)

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  7. bobfromsanluis says:


    Fire him, now. He has no business being around children of any age, period.

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    • pasoparent5 says:

      Before his inevitable termination, he’ll be enjoying a few months (at least) of paid admin leave, courtesy of our tax dollars.

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