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Published on May 23, 2024
San Francisco Police Arrest Man Suspected of Online Predation of Minors in Ingleside DistrictSource: Google Street View

The San Francisco Police Department's battle against online sexual predators scored a victory with the recent arrest of a man in the Ingleside District, accused of preying on juveniles, as reported by the department's news release. On April 30, the SFPD Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit obtained critical information leading to the discovery of evidence that 44-year-old John Woods engaged in illicit communication with someone he believed was a 13-year-old girl.

Diligently piecing together their case, ICAC investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Woods on charges of inappropriate contact with a minor, and on May 16, they, along with members of the SFPD Special Victims Unit, executed a search warrant at Woods' residence on the 1200 block of Geneva Avenue. He was taken into custody and booked into San Francisco County Jail on a slew of charges, including communicating with a minor with intent to commit certain felonies, arranging a meeting with a minor, and sending harmful matters to a child.

In a statement underscored by urgency and resolve, the SFPD said: "The SFPD will work tirelessly and are relentless in these investigations where the most vulnerable members of our society are targeted and victimized." In an ongoing effort to protect the most defenseless, the department encourages anyone with information related to such crimes to step forward and contact the SFPD at 1-415-575-4444 or to text a tip to TIP411 with the message starting with SFPD; informants can remain incognito.

For further details on the case and the original news release from the San Francisco Police Department, please visit SFPD ICAC Unit Arrests Sexual Predator.