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Police: SF Murals Made By Child Porn Suspect Had Offensive Tiles

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — San Francisco police and school authorities are removing dozens of tiles installed by a child pornography suspect from schoolyard murals because they are potentially offensive.

Earlier this month, the FBI arrested Anthony Norris, founder of Kid Serve, a Bay Area youth art and mural program, after agents said they discovered that Norris was using the online name “Spanky” to download and post pornographic images of children.

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said an inspection of dozens of murals supervised by Norris revealed what he called, “inappropriate, potentially offensive tiles” hidden among them.

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

“There are tens of thousands of tiles in these murals. We found inappropriate tiles at four sites. These tiles are very small,” said Suhr.

Police are removing them. Commander of Investigations Mike Biel said they show silhouettes or negative images of human figures.

“I think as an adult you would look at these tiles and possibly see some sort of sexual connotation to them,” Biel said.

Deputy schools superintendent Richard Carranza said the mosaics were installed by Norris, not school kids.

The tiles were installed at Sunset Elementary and three other public schools in San Francisco. Inspectors are also examining murals Norris put up in Mill Valley, Oakland and San Rafael.

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