Booking photo courtesy of the SFPD
The education director at the California Film Institute (CFI) has been arrested on suspicion of receiving and sharing child pornography, San Francisco police announced today.
A search warrant was served on March 13, 2017, at a residence on Newton Street in San Francisco and John Morrison, 71, was arrested later that day when he arrived there. He is facing felony charges on suspicion of possessing more than 600 "files" of child pornography, and distribution of child pornography.
A statement released by the SFPD says that last November their Internet Crimes Against Children Unit (ICAC) began an investigation into an individual who was uploading and trading graphic child pornography through a chat messenger application. The ICAC was able to identify the source of the child pornography being uploaded to the residence on Newton Street.
Police allege that their investigators "located numerous media devices belonging to one of the residents" which contained "hundreds of child pornography videos and images depicting minors engaged in sexual acts with adults."
Morrison is identified by police as the Education Director at a film institute in Marin County. As of 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, 2017, the website for the CFI lists a John Morrison as their Education Director.
"During the search warrant it was determined that Morrison taught film production and screening classes to young children in Marin County," the police statement said. "The investigation into Morrison’s involvement in children programs is on-going."
Investigators are asking for the public's help. If anyone feels that they have been a victim or have had any suspicious contact with John Morrison, please contact the SFPD's Special Victims Unit (415) 558-5500.
Update: As of 10:05 a.m. on Friday, March 17, 2017, John Morrison's name is no longer listed on the CFI website.