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Danville Cub Scout leader arrested for allegedly keeping child porn

Police say children's photographs found on suspect's computer in San Ramon office

A Cub Scout den leader was arrested by San Ramon police Wednesday for allegedly keeping child pornography on his computer, police said.

Officers contacted Danville resident 40-year-old Michael Vawter of 54 Grassland Court after receiving an anonymous tip that he had child pornography on his computer at work, according to San Ramon police.

A search warrant was obtained for his work computer at a business in San Ramon and for his home in Danville, police said.

Photographs depicting pornographic images of children were allegedly found on his work computer.

Vawter is a Cub Scout den leader in the Town of Danville, police said.

He was booked at the Main Detention Facility in Martinez with bail set at $20,000.

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Posted by Lee
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 18, 2010 at 8:45 am

This is too sad. Let's hope this guy was caught before he molested any children. It seems that more often these days we are reading about these predators. Catch them and keep them in jail until a good program for curing them becomes workable!


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Happy Valley
on Mar 18, 2010 at 10:31 am

See... this is yet another example of why we need legalized prostitution. Maybe if this guy could've gone out and paid for some every now and then he wouldn't be trying to get his jollies off at work. It's all about protecting the children.


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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 18, 2010 at 11:31 am

Let's wait and see on this. I read from the Danville Weekly that this could be a set-up - anonymous tip, photos found on work computer (nothing yet from home computer), newly-bought out company he now works for, etc.

If guilty, then we proceed to publicly ostracize him. I feel very, very sorry for his wife and 2 kids.


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Posted by John
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 18, 2010 at 11:46 am

Regardless of whether these allegations are true (there are rumors that people set others up by remotely planting such material on their computers, careful what you click on!), the concern that this guy (or any guy) would go out and molest small children is somewhat spurious. By accessing or purchasing such material, he is already guilty of creating a market for child molestation. It is astonishing how many such stories we've heard lately, frightening and appalling, just about the worst of human behavior.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 18, 2010 at 11:52 am

Wait for the facts...


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Posted by If it is true....
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 19, 2010 at 5:15 am

If the allegations are true, I hope this guy goes to jail and is never allowed in the Boy Scouts or other child-centered organizations.

I am confident that the Boy Scouts are not like the Catholic Church, and will not try to cover up or make excuses.


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Posted by Mom
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Mar 19, 2010 at 9:59 am

This guy may not be guilty; however, sad but true, pedofiles commonly insert themselves into organizations and activities involving children (coaches, den leaders, etc.). This is why it's so important to run background checks on volunteers and check websites such as Amber's Law to check out where child molesters live and are registered in our community. We can't be too careful when it comes to our children.


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Posted by Dorothy Quinn
a resident of Danville
on Mar 19, 2010 at 11:18 am

Remember, right now he is innocent until proven guilty. He could have been set up and it could happen to any one of us. I am forever getting emails with attachments as I know we all do. It's possible someone sent him those attachments and immediately called the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's tip line. Right now he is looked at as guilty and we are destroying him and his family. If he is innocent, it will come out but the damage will have already done. If he is guilty, that too, will come out.


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Posted by Megan Law site useful
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 19, 2010 at 11:43 am

"This guy may not be guilty; however, sad but true, pedofiles commonly insert themselves into organizations and activities involving children (coaches, den leaders, etc.). This is why it's so important to run background checks on volunteers.."

I agree. The Megan Law website is a very useful site. We were told about this site when we bought our house, and we were able to look up where sex offenders live, so we could avoid buying a property right next to one. This is the link to the Megan law website:

Web Link


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Posted by Tweety
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 19, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Don't make judgement yet. We don't know the facts. It could be a janitor/co-worker had access to the guys computer. Let's wait until the investigation/possible trial before labeling him a child porn watching freak molestor. If he is innocent he is marred for life. Once accused, he will be under suspicion for life. If he is guilty, he is a creep.


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Posted by Hybrid Owner
a resident of Valley Trails
on Mar 19, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Have any of you ever run a spyware, or malware program on your computer at home or at the office. If you had, you may not be so quick to judge this man. I run these programs monthly, and find at excess of 300 'attachments' & 'trackers'that have been planted on my computer via spyware. Many of them are from sites I have never, nor would ever visit. If you do alot of work on the internet, they are on your computer. If this man is found to be guilty I will be the first to jump on the conviction bandwagon, but in the meantime......


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