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El Dorado Hills man being returned to area for trial

by Michael Schneider

A Somerset, Calif. man arrested Wednesday morning in Corpus Christi, Texas suspected of running a child pornography web site out of El Dorado Hills, will be transported to Sacramento to stand trial.

Kelly Piercy, 48, was first arrested March 6, when a construction worker saw pictures of children engaged in explicit sexual acts on his computer screen in his Placerville hotel room, according to El Dorado County Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Getchel.

Piercy, who was in the company of Dawn Hofmeister, 31, of Corpus Christi, was arrested, along with Hofmeister. Both were charged with possession of child pornography and released after each posted $1,000 bail.

Getchel said three days later, the sheriff’s office was contacted by Australian law enforcement, via a group called Pedowatch. Australian officials reportedly told the sheriff’s office there was an internet service in El Dorado Hills with a web site containing child pornography.

A subsequent investigation led by

the EDSO, assisted by Placerville Police Department and the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force, reportedly revealed Piercy was responsible for the distribution of child pornography through the El Dorado Hills web site.

After a “no bail” warrant was issued for Piercy’s arrest, the sheriff’s office received information from Hofmeister’s husband that Piercy and Hofmeister were living in a tent on a Corpus Christi beach.

At 8 a.m. Wednesday, FBI agents and officers from the Corpus Christi Police Department reportedly found Piercy’s vehicle and the tent where Piercy and Hofmeister had been living. Piercy was not found in the tent.

Agents checked the beach and reportedly found Piercy and Hofmeister in a nearby public restroom.

Piercy was arrested without incident.

Within the next couple weeks, Piercy is expected to be transferred to Sacramento by U.S. Marshalls to stand trial in Federal court.

If convicted of transporting visual depictions of minors engaging in sexual acts via the internet, Piercy could face a maximum of 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

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