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Alert teens credited with arrest in child porn case

Frank Robert Winslow.
Frank Robert Winslow. Booking photo, Roseville Police Department

An Orangevale man, arrested in June for allegedly photographing underage girls without their knowledge at a fast-food restaurant in Roseville, is back in jail, accused of possessing child pornography.

Frank Robert Winslow, 54, on Monday turned himself in at the Placer County jail on a warrant charging him with possession of pornography depicting juveniles younger than 18. He is being held in lieu of $75,000 bail.

On the evening of June 20, a group of teenage girls flagged down a police officer at a restaurant in Roseville and told him they had noticed a man taking photographs of them without their permission. Officers contacted the man, identified as Winslow, and checked his phone, finding hundreds of pictures of girls, according to a Roseville Police Department news release. The girls appeared to be between the ages of 6 and 18, and the pictures had been taken in the vicinity of the restaurant, police said.

The pictures weren’t pornographic, but police said they showed an inappropriate interest in juveniles. Officers subsequently arrested Winslow on suspicion of annoying a child, a misdemeanor. They also obtained and served a search warrant at his Orangevale home, seizing computer equipment and other evidence.

Detectives examined the evidence and found a large cache of child pornography collected from the internet and other sources, police said. They then obtained a warrant for Winslow’s arrest.

Roseville police commended the teenage girls who originally noticed the suspect’s odd behavior, trusted their instincts and notified police. The girls’ quick action, police said, led to the arrest.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy