Oakley man extradited from Texas to face multiple felony charges

A 19-year-old Oakley man accused of making felony-level threats Oakley’s Freedom High School, has been extradited from Texas where he has been attending college to face those charges as well as those related to child pornography, according to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office.

In a statement released last week, the office said Tristan Curl also has been accused of felony distribution of child pornography and advertising of and distribution of child pornography.

A Contra Costa County Superior Court judge approved returning Curl to California from the Travis County, Texas, Jail.

Curl, a student at St. Edwards University, has been arraigned in the Pittsburg Superior Court, where he entered a not guilty plea, the statement said. He remains in custody in lieu of $500,000 bail.

The District Attorney’s office originally filed criminal charges against Curl Nov. 28 for making threats at the high school, including threating its principal. With the additional charges, Curl faces 10 felony counts.

Among them are six felony counts of making criminal threats, one felony count of stalking and one felony count of threatening a school official.

The initial charges stem from a two-month investigation by Oakley Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation after a series of threats were made on social media sites.

According to information released earlier by the District Attorney’s office, someone contacted several girls in September through social media sites. That person threatened to rape and kill the girls.

The same person threatened to shoot students and murder Freedom High School’s principal.

Investigators identified Curl as a suspect and obtained through a Contra Costa County Superior Court judge a warrant for the suspect’s arrest.

Curl was taken into custody Nov. 20 in Austin, Texas, the earlier statement said. A Contra Costa County District Attorney senior inspector helping Oakley Police Department was in Austin, Texas, to assist with the arrest and collection of forensic evidence, according to the statement.

The Austin Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation provided “substantial assistance” with the investigation, the earlier statement said.

The case against Curl is ongoing, the new statement said, and there may be additional victims of distribution or creation of pornography involving Contra Costa County students.

Anyone with information about Curl’s alleged activities is being asked to contact Oakley Police Department Officer Casey Minister at 925-625-8855, the statement said.

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