FBI finds child porn at home of youth arts program director in San Francisco 

A nonprofit director who receives city funding to provide art instruction to San Francisco youth was charged with possession of child pornography, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Thursday.

46-year-old Anthony Josef Norris is the founder and director of Kid Serve, a nonprofit that provides art lessons to children throughout the Bay Area. Norris appeared in U.S. District Court Thursday morning on the charges and posted a $200,000 bond.

San Francisco has provided funding to Kid Serve for years. This year the program has received $53,506, in part through the Arts Commission, and could receive up to $37,000 more this fiscal year, according to the Controller’s Office. Last year, The City provided the nonprofit with $23,600 in funding.

According to the federal complaint, an FBI agent tracked child porn files, which were posted July 29, 2010 by someone using the handle “Spanky” on a Web site known for trading such images, to Norris’ home in San Francisco. FBI agents used a warrant on April 26 to search Norris’ home and computer. According to the criminal complaint, Norris told the FBI agent his iMac would have child pornographic images on it and “admitted he downloaded child pornography via the Internet and has been collecting child pornography for a few years.”

The complaint says the FBI found 7,500 files of “possible child pornography.”

Kid Serve, which was founded 11 years ago, has helped create 27 murals at locations throughout San Francisco involving students enrolled at various neighborhood schools, according to its Web site. It also works with foster care youth and after-school programs.

“Kid Serve links public art to public school curriculum,” according to the Web site. “Students create public art in their communities that integrates social values, creativity and community service.”

Calls to the number listed on the nonprofit’s website, another number with a message for Kid Serve and a man identifying himself as Josef Norris were not returned. Possession of child pornography can carry a sentence of up to 10 years prison.  

The Arts Commission declined to comment at this time.

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