August 20, 2008 MSNBC TV
A child pornography bust that led to the arrests of three local residents sends shock waves across the Central Coast.
Here are the Facts First:
* Arrests were made throughout the state Tuesday.
* Computer hard drives containing graphic images of young children were taken as evidence.
* FBI agents said the suspects were using peer-to-peer computer networking sites to exchange the images.
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More than 50 men were busted for allegedly producing and possessing child pornography. Among the suspects are three men from the Central Coast:
* 47-year-old Bryan Goossens, a former San Luis Obispo County sheriff's deputy
* 30-year-old Jeremy Neubauer of Nipomo, who was indicted in late June
* 41 year-old Bryan David Arnold of Grover Beach
Grover Beach residents were shocked when they heard someone from their city was busted for possessing child porn. People who live near Arnold still can't their neighbor is one of the men accused.
"It's very disturbing, yeah. It's a terrible thing," said Grover Beach resident Beth Hollands.
Of particular concern to the neighbors is the fact that several families with young children call this neighborhood home.
Hollands said, "I just don't understand that, you know, about children and about people, grown ups and the children thing. You know, when it comes to the pornography thing. I never could understand that."
Hollands has lived in her Grover Beach neighborhood for more than eight years. She admits she doesn't know her neighbors as well as she would like, adding, "You don't know people a lot of the times when it comes to things like that."
Dee Peterson feels the same way, and has some very strong opinions about the situation.
"Put them away in jail and keep them there - not release them in six months or two or three years, keep them there. Those people will do it again. They don't change," said Peterson.
Several neighbors Action News talked with Wednesday said they were simply too upset about the matter to go on camera with us.
The eight-month long child porn investigation focused on Internet file sharing sites, called peer-to-peer networks.
Peer-to-peer sites allow a group of users with the same networking program to connect with each other and directly access files from each other's hard drives.
Investigators said those sites are quickly becoming a place where people can go to obtain and exchange pornographic material.
Tuesday's bust was the first undercover operation in the nation that used peer-to-peer Internet networking to find people suspected of producing or possessing child pornography.
The former sheriff's deputy arrested on child pornography charges, Bryan Goossens, started out as a corrections officer.
Action News spoke to someone who knew Goossens, and is surprised at his arrest. The acquaintance asked not to be identified.
Asked how he knew Goossens, the acquaintance replied, "Well, we played softball together and against each other...I saw him 10 or 20 days out of the year. I talked with him every time I saw him. I thought he was a nice guy. Well, he seemed just like a normal guy, hardworking, worked for the sheriff's, you know, was married at the time, had some children."
Action News asked the anonymous acquaintance what his reaction was when he heard the news of Goossens' arrest.
"It was utter disbelief. I thought that it was some kind of a mistake, because it's hard to imagine somebody could be that different in private than they are in their public life. I really had no idea that, you know, especially someone in law enforcement would be capable of this," replied Goossens' acquaintance.
"I'm glad that if it is true and they did catch him, and he needs to be severely punished for it," the acquaintance added.
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