Santa Margarita man arrested for child pornography
January 23, 2015
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.