|Sat Mar 14 2015 13:51:33|
Ex eBay Employee and Ecom Guru Arrested on Felony Charges
By: Ina Steiner
A former eBay employee turned online-selling guru and author was arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography in January, according to San Luis Obispo Tribune
Steve Lindhorst began working at eBay's San Jose Headquarters as its Advertising Operations Manager in 2000 and in 2002, he became a contracted eBay University Instructor and eBay Education Specialist, according to a profile on the eBay website. During his 2 years at eBay, he built an operations team to manage all advertising delivery and related revenue.
After focusing on teaching people how to sell on eBay, he shifted the focus to how eBay sellers could sell on Amazon. He wrote several guides to online selling - "Selling on the River: the eBay Seller's Guide to Amazon.com," and "The Niche Book - How to Pick a Niche for Profit," and has been interviewed on the topic by many publications, including the New York Times
and EcommerceBytes. In 2010, he was a guest on EcommerceBytes' Ecommerce Industry Soundbytes podcast
The Paso Robles Police Department arrested the 51-year-old in January after receiving information "from a reliable source" on Jan. 6 that he was in possession of child pornography on his personal computer. In a notice on its website
dated Jan. 22, the police department said he was charged with lewd act with a child under 14 years of age (felony), possession of child pornography (felony), possession of explicit child pornography (felony), and posting intimate photos of another without consent (misdemeanor) and said the investigation was ongoing.
We were unable to reach the lieutenant in charge of the case at the Paso Robles PD on Friday. We sought comment from Lindhorst; he has not returned the call by the time of this posting.
Lindhorst's profile was removed from Facebook on Friday, and his websites about teaching people how to use the Internet to make money are unavailable, including MultichannelSurfer.com and GenuineSeller.com. His Twitter and LinkedIn profile remain accessible.