Booking photo of Nicholas Hodges, courtesy of the SFPD.
A man who gives swimming lessons to children in San Francisco was arrested for child pornography, the SFPD announced today.
Nicholas Hodges, 28, of San Francisco is being charged with suspicion of possessing child pornography, distribution of child pornography, production of child pornography, possession of more than 600 files of child pornography, sending child pornography to a minor and sending harmful material to a minor.
Police say last month the department's Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) unit began an investigation into an individual who was uploading and storing hundreds of graphic child pornography files online.
Police allege that they eventually identified Hodges as the suspect, and further investigation revealed he works as a Children's Swim Instructor in San Francisco.
It is further alleged that when they served a search warrant, investigators with the ICAC located numerous media devices belonging to Hodges, which all contained hundreds of child pornography files.
Hodges was arrested and taken into custody at his work place, which, according to KRON 4 News, is the La Petite Baleen swim school in San Francisco. The news station said he is also being charged on suspicion of using a minor for sex acts and he remains in custody with bail set at $335,000, according to jail records.
Hodges’ Facebook page indicates that he began working for La Petite Baleen in September 2015. It also shows previous jobs with the Disney Store and House of Air, an indoor trampoline park in San Francisco’s Presidio.
A cellphone was seized from him that contained additional evidence of child exploitation. The investigation into Hodges’s involvement in children programs is on-going, and his employer is cooperating with the investigation.
Police are asking that if you feel you may have been a victim or have had any suspicious contact with Nicholas Hodges, please contact the Special Victims Unit (415) 558-5500.