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Livermore soccer coach jailed on child pornography charges

With search warrant in hand, police find graphic images on man's computer

The head coach of a Livermore youth soccer team was arrested Thursday afternoon and locked up in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on suspicion of the possession and distribution of child pornography after police detectives discovered the lewd material on his computer, police said.

With a search warrant in hand, detectives knocked on the door of 1664 Altamar Way, the residence of 45-year-old David Garrison.

During a preliminary examination of Garrison's computer, detectives located several graphic child pornography images, leading to Garrison's arrest for possession and distribution of the harmful material.

Police encourage anyone with information about this case to contact the department's Sgt. Paul Mayer at (925) 371-4733.

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 27, 2010 at 9:42 am

What a bunch of sicko's there are running around in our community.

I get so tired of reading about these scums balls.

And don't give that BS about don't judge him yet...It's those comments that are the main problem.

There should be a way to keep ALL this so called adult trash off the internet. And forget the freedom of speech or choice Bullsxxx, I'm tired of those folks always hanging their hat on freedom.

Julia, from Alamo


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Posted by Maja7
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Aug 27, 2010 at 9:47 am

What is the process by which "these people" are screened BEFORE they are allowed to interact with my child? For over 10 years, I have been a classroom volunteer, field trip driver, etc. etc. and each and every year I have to submit a form and consenting to be checked out by the local Police Dept.

I find it incredulous that this pervert (it is child pornography) is allowed within 1,000ft of children let alone on a soccer field? I'm waiting to hear the outrage from the parents.....don't disappoint.


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Posted by Alan
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 27, 2010 at 10:03 am


Maja7,

99.999% of the child molester have no RECORD and have NEVER been caught! Statistics wise, most molestations are commited by close family members, clergy, coaches, teachers and those whith professions that enable them to be in a position of TRUST with parents and children.

A BACKGROUND check is NO ASSURANCE of anything!~


Posted by Maja7, a member of the Vintage Hills Elementary School community, 10 minutes ago

What is the process by which "these people" are screened BEFORE they are allowed to interact with my child? For over 10 years, I have been a classroom volunteer, field trip driver, etc. etc. and each and every year I have to submit a form and consenting to be checked out by the local Police Dept.


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Posted by Maja7
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Aug 27, 2010 at 10:34 am

Alan....99.99% you say. Is that for real? I am hoping that you are exaggerating the statistic!!Then why all the screening of Moms & Dads for volunteering at the local schools? Sounds like a waste of time for the local PD (better spent other ways) and a creative way to raise funds (they request a $6 fee to process your paperwork).I had heard that when a child goes missing, a parent or close family member are among the first suspects. How sick is this world?

Well, if this statistic is even close to being true,it is so incredibly sad for the children. What is the answer? Who are we supposed to protect our children from? How are our children supposed to live their "child's life"? I am an over-protective mother of 4 and I'm gonna keep on being that way. My children deserve that, at least.


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Posted by Alan
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 27, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Maja 7,

Yes, if you take the population of USA divided by rate of the crimes against children divided by statistical facts that most don't come forward and other factors, yes.

It's sad and I am an "overprotective dad" as well...

The Internet has increased the disease and accessibility to child pornography and access to vulnerable children as well.

And Pleasanton isn't exactly representative to the rest of the nation including inner cities, poor communities and cultures that tend to have more abuse, not that we are immune.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 27, 2010 at 3:56 pm

When asked why he robbed banks, Slick Willie Sutton replied: "Because that's where the money is."

If you apply the Sutton Rule, it makes sense that people with an unhealthy interest in children will be attracted to those activities that bring them into contact with kids; preaching, teaching and coaching.

Prevention is tough because most child molesters are clever. Probably the most effective combination would be educating the kids early on about the danger signs, the lies and the false threats, and teaching them that they can and must tell their parents if they see or experience any of them; and increasing awareness in the occupational environment that such behavior is unacceptable and is being watched for. There should also be an across-the-board prohibition against any of these professionals being alone with a child, and their computers should be subject to unannounced urine testing.

It's harsh, I agree, but that's a price you should be willing to pay.


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Posted by Kelly
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 27, 2010 at 4:26 pm

I know LYSL (Livermore Youth Soccer) screens all their coaches, assistant coaches, team moms, anyone on the board, etc. This person had no priors, so please do not blame the league. How are we to control this when there are no priors and we rely so much on volunteerism?


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Posted by Alan
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 27, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Mike,

Really good points.

I also think computers should be subject to random search by these professionals, however doesn't prevent anyone from using an unregistered cell phone or laptop at a hot spot.

My child is extremely aware of her personal boundaries and red flags!


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Posted by Not all organizations screen volunteers
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 28, 2010 at 8:30 am

"I know LYSL (Livermore Youth Soccer) screens all their coaches, assistant coaches, team moms, anyone on the board, etc. This person had no priors, so please do not blame the league. How are we to control this when there are no priors and we rely so much on volunteerism? "

The fact is that there are sports organizations that do not do this kind of screening.

I know someone who decided not to sign their kids up for a local (Pleasanton) sports organization because, according to them, they found out that a REGISTERED sex offender is an active volunteer in that particular organization.

This surprised me because I have always thought that organizations screened their volunteers. I am not talking the casual volunteer here and there. I am talking about screening the highly active volunteer.

Does anyone know what the rules are for active volunteers in organizations that serve minors? Can the organization allow a registered sex offender to be an active volunteer?

The Megan Law database is a valuable website for people to be aware of who is a sex offender.


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Posted by Realistic
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 30, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Isn't it a joke that we have such a thing in this country as a "registered sex offender"? We register our sex offenders-how absurd! Does that mean we believe they are monitored and no longer hurting children? If you believe that, you're an idiot. Child molesters belong in prison for life. Nothing else stops them except death.


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Posted by Megan
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 30, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Because child molesters are so ubiquitous, I find the position Alisal puts parents in a problem. Outdoor Ed takes place for a week in an area where cell phones don't work. We do not meet the people who take care of our children or work at the camp (maintenance workers, etc.) We are told not to call the camp or have our children call us. We're supposed to put our kids on a bus and cross our fingers. The school staff pressures the students to attend. Children are made to tell the class if they are or are not going and why. One teacher told a child in front of the class that her reason for not attending wasn't a "good" one. I know many parents who have a great deal of anxiety about this trip, and with reason.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Aug 30, 2010 at 2:15 pm

I agree with the Outdoor Ed thing. It's a great learning/bonding program but they need to do a screening on EVERY volunteer and employee including the high school students that serve as bunk counselors. I've heard stories that are wonderful and stories that are not so wonderful. My children are long through high school but if I had it to do now......I probably would opt out of the experience. There are so many other ways to have kids bond and experience nature. The risk is just too high unless they raise the ratio of teachers/students and that isn't possible. Plus with all the school budget cuts - is this a necessary component of 5th grade.....probably not.


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Posted by Just a mother
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 30, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Parents have to be on guard at all times. You can not just drop your kids off to sports practice or cheerleader practice or whatever believing that they will be safe. Stay at practice and be aware where your child is at all times because they are your responsibility to keep them safe. There is no one that you can guarantee will not hurt your children. Years ago the City of Pleasanton allowed a young man who was single to coach boys basketball. Everyone talked about the fact that he was not right but no one did anything about it until finally someone lodged a complaint. Parents be diligent and never let someone tell you that you are being over protective which is what they used to tell me. We have to stand up and protect our kids and keep them from these monsters. If you have to be a private detective so be it. The kids come first and it is up to us to protect them. I am not blaming the parents but we have to be more hands on.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 3, 2010 at 2:36 pm

You had better be aware of who the adults are that have contact with your kids. If you don't know who they are, you may be putting your kids at risk.

SAFETY FIRST!


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