San Francisco police have arrested a veteran gay rights campaigner in connection with paedophilia allegations.

Police say Larry Brinkin faces felony charges of the possession and distribution of indecent images of children.

He was first arrested on similar allegations during the summer, but later released after prosecutors did not file charges.

Further investigations by police resulted in a warrant being issued for Brinkin’s arrest on Thursday morning.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the 66-year-old is known for his gay rights advocacy work at the city’s Human Rights Commission.

Brinkin was a key figure behind San Francisco’s Equal Benefits Ordinance, which became a national model for workplace equality for LGBT citizens.

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors declared the week of Feb. 1, 2010 as “Larry Brinkin Week” when he retired from his position at the Human Rights Commission.

Brinkin currently remains in custody in lieu of a $240,000 (£147,600) bail.