Carpinteria resident Samuel Lafond was arrested at his house in Carpinteria last week by Santa Barbara Police Department (SBPD) detectives. Lafond was arrested for felony possession of child pornography, and while serving a search warrant, detectives discovered that Lafond was also a suspect on “several unreported assault and battery charges.”
Lafond is described as a 160 lbs, 5’9” white male with green eyes and blonde hair. He is 33 years old, and his occupation, according to the Santa Barbara County arrest records, is listed as “stocker.”
The detectives were investigating tips from the Los Angeles Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (ICAC), according to a press release from the Santa Barbara City Police Department. Lafond – using a Santa Barbara IP address – exchanged child pornography on a messaging app.
“Detectives seized several electronics and other evidence in connection to the crime. Throughout the continued investigation, evidence was also found indicating Lafond was attempting to meet juveniles for sexual purposes,” SBPD said.
His bail is set at $500,000 and he remains in jail at the Southern Branch Jail as of Tuesday.
According to Santa Barbara County court records, he was arraigned on Oct. 1.
“Great investigative work by SBPD detectives in conjunction with the Los Angeles Police ICAC taskforce,” Lieutenant Joshua Morton said.