Testimony Starts in Child Porn Possession Trial

Testimony Starts in Child Porn Possession Trial

VALLEJO — The prosecution began presenting its case to jurors Wednesday in the trial of a former sergeant in the California Highway Patrol who faces felony charges of possessing child pornography.

Eric C. Lund, 52, was a 26-year veteran of the CHP when he was arrested by Vacaville police investigators in October 2014 when he arrived for his duty shift at the Fairfield CHP office. He has pleaded not guilty.

Vacaville investigators had been trying to discover who was downloading child pornography videos in the middle of the night using a local wireless internet connection at a Vacaville yogurt shop.

Prosecutor Ilana Shapiro’s first witness was an expert in how internet users search for and share files and the technical aspects of those tasks. The expert, William Wiltse, provided jurors an hours-long presentation on the technology of internet communication and computer programs that search for electronic device users who search for and obtain child pornography.

The first day of testimony ended with Vacaville Police Detective Jeff J. Datzman briefly taking the witness stand. Datzman, a high-tech crimes expert, is expected to retake the witness stand when the trial resumes Thursday morning.

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