Dublin: Swim instructor arrested in child pornography investigation

18-year-old man accused of possessing, sharing illicit materials

A young man who worked as a swim instructor at The Wave in Dublin was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of possessing and distributing child pornography, authorities said on Tuesday.

James Terrence Happ, 18, was fired from his position at the city-owned waterpark on July 3 -- the same day as his arrest by Contra Costa County investigators -- and Dublin Police Services have found no evidence of the illicit behavior occurring at The Wave, though they continue to investigate, according to Dublin city officials.

“Based on interviews with the suspect by Dublin Police Services as part of their separate investigation, there is no cause to believe that any inappropriate activity occurred at The Wave,” city officials told the Weekly on Tuesday.

“All swim instruction is done in the presence of lifeguards and other swim instructors (who are all mandated reporters), and lessons take place in clear view of parents. The city of Dublin and employees at The Wave consider a child’s safety and welfare of utmost importance,” they added.

The investigation into Happ, who taught swimming at The Wave for the past three years, began after the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s and District Attorney’s offices received information about a person allegedly possessing and sharing child pornography.

Sheriff’s detectives executed search warrants at homes in Danville and Dublin on July 3 and found child pornography on electronic devices belonging to Happ, according to sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee.

The 18-year-old man was arrested and booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on suspicion of possessing child pornography, Lee said. Happ was later released from jail after posting bail.

Authorities continue to investigate the case, Lee said.

Anyone with information about the case can contact the sheriff’s Investigation Division at 925-313-2600. For any tips, email or call 866-846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.

If anyone has information related to alleged activities at The Wave or in Dublin, they can contact Dublin police at 925-833-6670.

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