Pictures Of Teen Water Polo Players Found on Gay Porn Sites

POSTED: 11:24 am PST January 20, 2008
UPDATED: 11:43 am PST January 20, 2008

IRVINE, Calif. -- San Diego County parents are outraged Sunday at the news that secret photos of young water polo athletes have turned up on gay porn Web sites, it was reported Sunday.
Police at UC Irvine said the photos may be the work of a UCI police dispatcher, and have notified parents that the photos are on the Web.

Unauthorized photos of dozens of apparently-unsuspecting high school boys water polo players, some as young as 14, were found on five gay-oriented Web sites, the Orange County Register reported. The boys are from least 11 Orange County high schools, and well as schools in Los Angeles and San Diego counties.

"It's disgusting ... No high school athlete should worry about their picture being taken during the game," said one Orange County coach, who confirmed photos on a Web site included members of his team.

UC Irvine police confirmed to the Register that they are investigating whether the photos are the work of Scott Cornelius, a UCI police dispatcher.

Cornelius was granted a photo credential to the 2007 Junior World Water Polo Championships at Los Alamitos last summer, said Joan Gould, an international water polo official and spokeswoman for a group of Orange County water polo parents.

UCI police said Cornelius remains on active duty.

A university police department detective, Shaun Devlin, sent an e-mail to several parents last week confirming that police were investigating the matter, the Register reported.

Peter Yu, director of Drake University's Intellectual Property Law Center, said photos taken at public events like high school sports competitions are generally protected by the Constitution.

"This is why we have to enact some stricter laws to protect our kids," said Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, in an interview with the Register. Smyth has authored a bill that would make it illegal to use Internet images to inflict harm on children.

The proposed Surrogate Stalker Act was prompted by Jack McClellan, who last year photographed children at California schools and playgrounds and placed them on a Web site described by law enforcement officials as popular with pedophiles.