Ishida

Theodore Ishida

A longtime Cal State Bakersfield assistant professor of psychology, Theodore Ishida, was arrested Friday for alleged possession of child pornography. The career burglar who police say attempted to extort him was arrested as well.

CSUB officials who say they’ve been working with investigators placed Ishida — hired at CSUB in 1988 — on paid suspension until the investigation concludes. He’s been barred from the campus in the interim, and faces one charge of possession of matter depicting a minor engaged in sexual conduct. His bail is set at $10,000.

The suspected burglar, Francois Gariepy, 39, faces an attempted extortion charge. His bail has been set at $70,000.

The bizarre and convoluted tale began when Ishida’s home was burglarized Aug. 7, 2016.

Ishida, 63, reported that somebody forced entry into his residence on Durham Court and removed several items, including his computer, according to a Bakersfield Police Department news release.

Four months later, Ishida called the detectives assigned to the burglary investigation and told them he was being extorted. An unknown suspect had called him and demanded money in exchange for his computer, he said.

The suspect told Ishida if he did not pay him money, he would notify law enforcement of inappropriate sexual content on the computer, according to BPD.

The Special Victims Unit began conducting an investigation and confirmed a suspect, later identified as Gariepy, was attempting to extort Ishida in exchange for money.

A man who goes by the name of Francois Gariepy and was born the same year as the suspect has been arrested 30 times since 1996, according to Kern County Superior Court online records. That man has pled no contest to four felonies and had 20 others dismissed. He’s also pleaded no contest to 11 misdemeanors and had 18 dismissed. Twenty-one of the charges against him were related to burglary or theft.

His most recent charge — second-degree burglary — was dismissed in March.

Investigators believed Ishida’s computer contained inappropriate sexual content, which they say was downloaded from a CSUB computer and then transferred to Ishida’s personal computer.

Agents assigned to the division of Adult Parole Operations conducted a search of a residence located in the 2600 block of Encina Street on Dec. 14, 2016.

During the search, agents detained Gariepy and located Ishida’s stolen computer. The information was provided to Bakersfield police investigators, and an extensive analysis of the computer was conducted. Investigators located child pornography on the computer that is believed to have been downloaded by Ishida, according to the BPD.

An investigation into the alleged extortion was also conducted.

Kern County district attorney’s officials began reviewing the case in mid-November, and arrest warrants for both men were issued.

On Friday, CSUB issued a statement about Ishida's arrest:

“CSUB took appropriate action once the University was made aware of a Bakersfield Police Department investigation of Dr. Ishida in January 2017. Since that time, Dr. Ishida has been temporarily suspended with pay pending the Bakersfield Police Department’s and the University’s investigation of the matter. Dr. Ishida does not have access to his office or the campus. The University has cooperated with Bakersfield police during the ongoing investigation and will continue to do so.”

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Detective Lance O’Nesky at 661-326-3275, or the Bakersfield Police Department at 661-327-7111.

(4) comments

Miket93312

Their is a reason his bail was really low. I wouldn't be so quick to judge!

GaryJohns

Put them in the same cell....and sell tickets....

Nevermind

Geez, is everybody a sexual pervert?

rtguy53

No, just men. [scared]

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