Crime

State community corrections officer in Olympia arrested on suspicion of child pornography

A state community corrections officer was arrested Tuesday, suspected of storing child pornography on an online account accessed from his Olympia home, the State Patrol said.

The 38-year-old works in Olympia for the state Department of Corrections. Community corrections officers generally work with people on parole, though it wasn’t immediately clear what the man’s responsibilities were for the state.

Microsoft notified law enforcement when employees noticed the electronic signature of well-known child pornography images on the officer’s cloud storage account, the State Patrol said.

Detectives initially found 15 confirmed child pornography images, and are still investigating, State Patrol Sgt. James Mjor said.

The State Patrol’s Missing and Exploited Children Task Force arrested the officer after investigators served a search warrant to check his home computer and talked to him at work.

“Best that our detectives can tell, this occurred in Olympia, and likely occurred involving his personal computer,” Mjor said.

They don’t suspect his work computer to be involved, Mjor said, but they seized it as a precaution.

The suspect is also a reserve officer in Tenino, and his smartphone for that job was also seized.

The News Tribune does not generally name suspects before they have been charged with a crime.

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