FONTANA, Calif. (news release) A previously registered sex offender was allegedly caught taking photos of little girls in bathing suits at a park, officials said.
On September 17th, 2017, at about 5:28 p.m., Officers with the Fontana Police Department were dispatched to a residence in the 8700 block of Boxwood Ct. in Fontana, reference a subject taking photos of juveniles at a family birthday party.
Upon arrival, officers learned that Joseph Welsh, 47, of San Diego, had taken several photos of prepubescent females at the party wearing bathing suits.
Several parents at the party noticed their children being photographed and confronted Welsh. Welsh’s cell phone was taken by family members of the victims and the police were called.
Officers arrived and obtained the phone and detained Welsh who was a registered sex offender (PC 290) until 2014 when the courts determined him not a danger to the public and he received a rehabilitation certificate.
Fontana Detectives with the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit (ICAC) were requested to investigate. Dual search warrants were served at Welsh’s residence in the 2200 block of Tokalon St in San Diego, CA and at his business in the 4100 block of Mission Blvd in Pacific Beach, CA. Detectives located numerous electronic devices and upon a preliminary search located several pornographic photos of children on the devices.
Welsh was charged with PC 647.6 as a felony (child annoy with prior conviction) and PC 311.11(b)(1) (possession of child pornography with a prior). Welsh was booked at WVDC for his charges.