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Transient Arrested for Child Porn

Witnessed Taking Pictures of Children During Fiesta


The Santa Barbara County Sherriff’s Department announced today that a homeless man was arrested last Friday on child pornography charges; he had been witnessed allegedly taking pictures of children during this year’s Fiesta Parade.

According to the press release issued by a Sherriff’s Department spokesperson, Rodney Dale Rognstad, 51, was observed by a specially trained detective — on the lookout for registered sex offenders as well as people acting suspiciously around children — sitting at a table in Starbuck’s on the corner of State and De La Guerra Streets on August 8. Rognstad supposedly had a camera propped on his table next to a laptop computer and was taking pictures of women and children as they walked by outside.

After observing the suspect for around half-an-hour, the press release goes on to say, the detective confronted and interviewed Rognstad, eventually seizing the computer and booking it into evidence. A subsequent search of the hard drive purportedly revealed multiple photos of children engaging in sexual acts.

After obtaining a search warrant on March 15, detectives arrested Rognstaed — who was known to sleep on the beach near Summerland — at the Summerland Post Office. He is not currently a registered sex offender, and is booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail on $250,000 bail.

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