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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Anthony Josef Norris, Youth Art Mentor, Sentenced to Prison for Possessing Child Porn

Posted By on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 1:26 PM

This is not art for art's sake
  • This is not art for art's sake

Those of us who were appalled to learn that the leader of a well-known San Francisco art youth program had a passion for child porn, will also be somewhat relieved to know his perverted hobby has landed him a place in prison.

Federal prosecutors sentenced Anthony Josef Norris, the founder and former CEO of Kid Serve, to prison, and ordered him to pay a $6,500 restitution. He will have also be supervised for five years after his release.

As SF Weekly readers probably recall, last year Norris, 46, confessed to his love for child porn after some 600 images of children engaged in sex acts with adults were found on his computer. The disturbing images also included graphic scenes of young children subjected to painful sex assaults.

His fetish seeped into his own art images; he made some murals with 1-inch tiles embedded with "inappropriate and offensive images." The images were

found at Sunset Elementary School on June 15, according to police.

FBI had found porn files posted in July 2010 by someone using the handle "spanky" on a website known for child porn. The files were traced to Norris' San Francisco address, and police stormed his house in April 2011.

Norris, who was the director and founder of Kid Serve, a San Francisco nonprofit that works with youth to create public art throughout the Bay Area, admitted to police that he had child porn images on his iMac and that he had been collecting them for more than a decade.

The city had long subsidized the nonprofit, giving it $53,506 this year. It has since cut funding for the organization.

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