Gig Harbor man, reportedly state's leading downloader of child porn, is arrested

Staff writerOctober 3, 2013 

A Gig Harbor man accused of being the state’s leading downloader of child pornography was arrested this morning, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The News Tribune is not naming the man because he hasn’t yet been charged with a crime.

He was booked in the Pierce County Jail on suspicion of distributing and possessing depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The man first came to the attention of the State Patrol’s Missing and Exploited Children’s Task Force in May, when they received a tip from the Seattle Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

A search warrant was served at the man’s Gig Harbor home July 13 and detectives seized several computers and digital media devices. To took time for detectives to find more than 9,000 images of child pornography on the computers and devices, the State Patrol said.

“This is a significant problem, far wider spread than anybody realizes,” Lt. Ron Mead said. “We go after the most prolific.”

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