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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Larry Brinkin, S.F. Gay Rights Activist, Charged With E-Mailing Child Porn Images

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2012 at 3:45 PM

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Larry Brinkin, San Francisco's well-known gay rights activist, appeared in court this afternoon where he pleaded not guilty to six felony charges of sending and receiving images of child pornography.

The charges came three months after Brinkin, 66, was first arrested by San Francisco police, who claim he had been using the e-mail address zack3737@aol.com to view images of children as young

as perhaps 1 year old being sodomized by and performing oral sex on

adult men, accompanied by highly racist commentary.

District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Brinkin was officially charged with two counts of distributing child pornography and four counts of possessing child pornography.

See Also: Larry Brinkin, S.F. Gay Rights Icon, Arrested on Child Porn Charges


On May 8, the SFPD was contacted regarding Brinkin's alleged illegal activity. Investigators secured a search warrant on his home where he lives with his husband and son. They seized items from his house, including computers, videos, VHS tapes, and a floppy disc. Police later determined Brinkin received e-mails and sent two reply e-mails containing child pornography. However, the DA did not file charges, and Brinkin was released on bail.

Then on Aug. 8, the SFPD seized additional computers belonging to Brinkin, which allegedly contained dozens of images of child pornography, according to the DA. On Sept. 20, police arrested Brinkin again and booked him on child pornography charges.

"Possession and distribution of child pornography is a serious crime," said Gascón. "A guilty plea or conviction on any count would require the defendant to register as a sex offender for life."

Brinkin retired from the city's Human Rights Commission in 2010, and has been a beloved member of the gay community; the Board of Supervisors declared the first week of February as "Larry Brinkin Week."

The community was stunned after Brinkin's initial arrest; At the time, Theresa Sparks, executive director of the Human Rights Commission, told us this allegation is "beyond hard to believe."

"It's almost incredulous, there's no way I could believe such a thing," Sparks told us in June. "He's always been one of my heroes, and he's the epitome of human rights activist -- this is man who coined phrases we use in our daily language."

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