Police in San Francisco have stated that they arrested 66-year-old Larry Brinkin on possession of child pornography this past Friday night. Brinkin is an icon in the fight to have San Francisco recognize same-sex partnerships and retired from the Human Rights Commission in 2010. He was booked into San Francisco County Jail on Friday, posted bail and was released on Saturday.
According to SFPD Spokesman Officer Albie Esparza, the case is still under investigation, but no other details have been given.
Brinkin has been a beloved member of the LGBT Community for some time, and Theresa Sparks, the executive director of the Human Rights Commission, told the Huffington Post that these allegations are “beyond hard to believe.” She went on to say “It’s almost incredulous, there’s no way I could believe such a thing. He’s always been one of my heroes, and he’s the epitome of human rights activist — this is man who coined phrases we use in our daily language. I support Larry 100 percent; hopefully it will all come out in the investigation.”
There have been incidents where people have been arrested for possessing child pornography on their computer that turned out to be malware using the computer to launder the images. This can often be difficult for people to prove, however.
Do not be surprised that anit-LGBT organizations will use this arrest against the Community; however, it is important to remember that most pedophiles identify as straight, and there are many straight people who have been arrested, charged, and convicted for possession of child pornography.