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News Release

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Media Relations

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San Pedro: On January 10, 2017, Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department, Juvenile Division, Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, assigned to the Los Angeles Regional Internet Crimes Against Children(ICAC) Task Force, served a search warrant at the Rancho Palos Verdes residence of Daniel O'Connell. O'Connell is employed at Mary Star of the Sea High School in San Pedro, California, as a physics teacher.

Investigators initiated the investigation into O'Connell as a result of information received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that O'Connell was having inappropriate contact with minors that he met while on a mathematics tutoring website. O'Connell was arrested for 311.11(a) P.C- Possession of Child Pornography and booked at LAPD 77TH Regional Jail where he is being held in lieu of $20,000.00 bail.

The Los Angeles Police Department is the principal agency for the LA ICAC Task Force, a collaboration of 67 Federal State, and local law enforcement agencies that detect and investigate child predators who use the Internet as a means to contact children.

Anyone with any additional information, or additional victims is urged to contact the ICAC Officer in charge, Lieutenant Andrea Grossman,(562) 624-4027. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Tipsters may also visit, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.