Bay Area child psychologist possessed child porn, officials say

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A longtime East Bay psychologist trusted with children has been accused possessing child pornography. (KGO-TV)

A longtime Bay Area psychologist trusted with children has been accused by officials of possessing child pornography.

Authorities raided two locations in Lafayette and Orinda where they said they found thousands of illegal images.

Kenneth Breslin, 68, was taken into custody after he was arrested at his home in Lafayette on Wednesday. He has been a child psychologist for 30 years.

Lafayette neighbors woke to a police raid on a quiet street targeting Breslin's home.

"Began a search of his electronic equipment, which yielded thousands of images of child pornography," said Darryl Holcombe, an inspector for the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office.

Breslin was arrested following an investigation by the Contra Costa Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Police also raided Breslin's child psychology practice in Orinda and said they found more child porn images on computers, but no evidence that any of his patients were victimized.

"We don't have any info on that now, but of course that is part of our investigation, to insure that no child has been victimized here in Contra Costa County," Holcombe said.

No one answered the door at Breslin's home and he denied a request for a jailhouse interview.

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