San Diego man removed from sex offender registry arrested

Posted at 6:27 PM, Sep 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-19 21:27:49-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A local businessman is now accused in a child porn case, several years after he managed to get off the sex offender registry.

Along Tokalon Street in Bay Park, there is a sense of disbelief. A neighbor of some 7 years - Joseph Welsh - arrested in Fontana over the weekend.

Police say parents confronted him and took his phone after he took photos of girls in bathing suits at a birthday party.

Search warrants executed at his home and his business - a Segway rental outlet on Mission Boulevard - netted several electronic devices containing child porn, according to investigators.

The neighbors' sense of shock was magnified because of what they didn't know about his past: a conviction in the 1990s in San Bernardino county for possessing child porn, and annoyance of a child.

Police say in 2014, the courts deemed him not a danger to the public and removed him from the registry.

It's a maneuver many can't understand.

An acquaintance of Welsh, 47, told 10News those who worked near him became "creeped out" because he was always photographing surf schools and flying drones on the beach.

In one instance, concerns led to an acquaintance to warn a teenager who knew Welsh to stay away from him.

To search the California Megan's Law website for registry results, click here.