Cyber Security Techs Crack Down on Two Men Accused of Downloading Child Porn

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A Seattle man who had previously been convicted of a child-sex crime was arrested Tuesday in Seattle for allegedly downloading child pornography from his computer at The Seattle Times where he worked, according to a Seattle Times story here

The man, Richard Flores, 58, was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of sexual exploitation of a child. Bail was set at $500,000.

Flores, of Seattle, had worked as a clerk for the Seattle Times for more than 10 years. The Times was unaware of the man’s earlier 1997 sex crime conviction because back then he went by a different name — Richard F. Fortier.

Flores was fired Tuesday after more than a decade with the newspaper.

The Times report says Seattle police began investigating Flores after being contacted recently by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children with a tip that someone in the area had been downloading child pornography.  It’s believed that cyber security officers

 

Flores worked as a clerk in the finance department at The Times. He was fired Tuesday after more than 10 years with the company, said Jill Mackie, spokeswoman for the newspaper.

 

In an unrelated story, a 52-year-old Columbia, MO man who took his computer to a local repair shop last month was arrested yesterday after authorities said child pornography was discovered on the computer.

 

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by the shop March 31 when a computer technician discovered files containing child pornography, according to a sheriff’s department Cyber Crimes Task Force news release. The task force seized the computer for further evaluation.

A large quantity of child pornography was found on the computer. It depicted children believed to be as young as 4 to 7 years old. The task force served a search warrant of the suspect’s residence yesterday, and two additional computers were seized, the release said.  See the full story link below.

These types of stories really make me thankful for the organizations that are out there protecting children, and  news that parents should be mindful of.  For those of you who would like to help or are thinking about a career in criminal justice, I’d encourage you to look at a cyber security degree, or related criminal justice degree.

Further Information:

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®

http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PublicHomeServlet?LanguageCountry=en_US&

 

Seattle Times Article:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2014829196_childporn21m.html

 

http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2011/apr/13/computer-repair-leads-child-porn-arrest/

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