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Former youth counselor suspected of pornography, other felonies

Sam Kerfoot
Sam Kerfoot San Francisco Sheriff’s Department

A former counselor at a Sacramento-area youth camp was arrested in San Francisco after authorities found more than 600 child pornography images and videos in his possession, according to the San Francisco Police Department.

Sam Kerfoot, 20, was arrested Thursday on the University of San Francisco campus, where he is a nursing student. He was being held in San Francisco County Jail on Monday in lieu of $850,000 bail, the jail website showed. Kerfoot attended school in Sacramento County, including Jesuit High School in 2010-11, according to his LinkedIn page.

Kerfoot, who spent several summers as a camp counselor in the Sacramento area, possessed many images involving children under age 3, the sheriff’s news release said. Some of the material was sent to seduce a minor, officials said.

Media devices were seized as evidence during a search of his dorm room, the department said. He was booked on 17 felony charges, including 11 involving distribution of child pornography and two involving using a minor for sex acts.

Sgt. Tony Turnbull, spokesman for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, said the San Francisco agency sought help from Sacramento’s High-Tech Crimes Task Force in serving a search warrant. Turnbull said he had no other details because the San Francisco agency is handling the case.

Kerfoot was a counselor at the San Juan Unified School District’s Camp Winthers, said Raj Rai, spokeswoman for the San Juan district. The camp, near Cascade Lake in the Sierra, provides weeklong programs for youths.

He also was a camp leader for Mission Oaks Recreation and Park District in Carmichael. Neither of the two agencies had been contacted by law enforcement, spokesmen said.

Rai said in an email that Kerfoot worked at the Winthers music camp for one week each summer for two years. That ended in summer 2015, according to Kerfoot’s LinkedIn page.

“As a camp counselor, he supervised a group of campers during outdoor activities, camp living and evening activities,” Rai wrote. “Camp counselors are in charge of their own small group of five to six students (grades 5 and up) and they stay in the same tent or cabin with them during the week.

“Camp counselors are supervised by a credentialed teacher who checks in on them several times throughout the day and night.”

Daniel Barton, district administrator at Mission Oaks, said Kerfoot was a juvenile until his last day of working for the park district, his 18th birthday. “In general, camp counselors are never alone with the children,” Barton said.

The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department asked anyone with information to contact the anonymous tip line at 415-575-4444 or to text a tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with “SFPD.”