A Solana Beach man accused of molesting a child and possessing child pornography is suspected to have engaged in such acts for the past decade, San Diego County Sheriff’s officials recently announced.
Days after his arrest in another county, Sean O’Farrell was booked into the Vista Detention Facility early Aug. 27 for allegedly possessing child pornography. The 40-year-old man was already facing charges for allegedly soliciting sex from a teen Aug. 18 in Rancho Cucamonga.
“Based on the investigation to date, we strongly believe that O’Farrell has engaged in sexual acts with minor children over the course of probably 10 years,” Capt. Theresa Adams-Hydar said during an Aug. 27 press conference at the North Coastal Sheriff’s Station in Encinitas.
O’Farrell on Aug. 18 reportedly offered a 15-year-old boy money in exchange for a sexual favor at a Rancho Cucamonga library, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department. The incident occurred about 5 p.m., when the teen was approached in the second-floor bathroom. The boy reported the incident to a staff member who contacted police.
When police arrested O’Farrell, he was found in possession of several different library cards, including cards for the Carmel Valley and Solana Beach libraries.
Following the arrest, officials at the North Coastal Sheriff’s Station obtained a warrant to search O’Farrell’s Solana Beach home. O’Farrell lives with family in a home near Earl Warren Middle School and the Solana Beach Library.
“We made the decision to take the next step in this case to make sure our community is kept safe from sexual predators like O’Farrell,” Adams-Hydar said.
Detectives searched O’Farrell’s home on Aug. 26 and found several videos that showed “prepubescent boys in various states of undress, naked and engaged in sexual activity,” Adams-Hydar said.
O’Farrell, who posted $20,000 bail to get out of San Bernardino County jail just days prior, was rearrested Aug. 27 at the home of relatives in Rancho Cucamonga. He is being held in Vista jail on $250,000 bail, pending arraignment on Aug. 28.
Investigators said they suspect O’Farrell has also preyed on children in San Diego County.
Officials confirmed people have previously reported O’Farrell has displayed suspicious behavior at local libraries. There was no evidence that a crime had been committed, however, so he was not arrested.
Adams-Hydar asked anyone with information about O’Farrell to come forward, including victims.
“San Diego County Sheriff’s Department wants to keep the County of San Diego, our children, safe,” Adams-Hydar said. “We need your help to do that.”
She said O’Farrell may be employed as a butcher at a local grocery store. He has also volunteered with an unidentified youth club in the area, she added.
Victims are encouraged to contact the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department at 858-565-5200 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.