MENDOCINO CO., 6/20/17 — A Ukiah man was arrested for possession of child pornography on June 20 after an investigation conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, Interpol, and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) in which the suspect was believed to have exchanged obscene materials with a man in the United Kingdom. Deputies arrested Curtis Andrew Muller, 32 years of age, after he was found to be in possession of child pornography. He is being held at Mendocino County jail on $15,000 bail.
Muller became a suspect after a United Kingdom man was arrested for child pornography and an investigation determined Muller may have exchanged materials with him. Interpol notified the Department of Homeland Security, which contacted MCSO on June 19. MCSO deputies then issued a search warrant, and located Muller in his vehicle after searching his home. Muller was found to be in possession of obscene materials at that time. No photo or booking log information was available at press time.
Here’s the full press release:
DATE: “June 20, 2017“
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Incident Number: 2017-17342
Crime/Incident: 311.11(a) PC (Possess obscene material)
Location: 1400 Block of Talmage Road, Ukiah
Date of Incident: 06-20-2017
Time: 10:20 AM
Victim(s): People of the State of California
Suspect(s): Curtis Andrew Muller 32, Ukiah California
Written By: Detective Sergeant Andrew Porter
Synopsis: On June 19th, 2017 at approximately 10:00 AM, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Detectives were contacted by a Special Agent of the Department of Homeland Security and Investigation, San Francisco Division.
Information was relayed to the Sheriff’s Office that Curtis Andrew Muller, a 32 year old white male from Ukiah, had possibly been exchanging obscene matter, namely items commonly described as child pornography via the internet with a male subject in the United Kingdom. The information had been provided to the Department of Homeland Security and Investigation via Interpol after authorities in the United Kingdom arrested an individual there and a connection was established.
Mendocino County Sheriff’s Detectives prepared a search warrant which was issued by a Mendocino County Superior Court Judge. On June 20th at approximately 10:18 AM, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Detectives, accompanied by Special Agents of the Department of Homeland Security and Investigation Child Exploitation Investigations Unit, served a search warrant at Muller’s residence on Talmage Road. Representatives of the Mendocino County Child Protection Services also assisted in this investigation.
Muller was not located at his residence, however he was located shortly thereafter in his vehicle in Ukiah. Muller was found to be in possession of multiple images of suspected obscene material as described in California Penal Code Secion 311.4.
Muller was arrested for a violation of section 311.11 PC and booked in the Mendocino County Jail and his being held in lieu of $15,000 bail.
Approved by: Lieutenant Shannon Barney