On Thursday, March 27, 2014, Detectives from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, the Seattle Police Department and the Squaxin Island Department of Public Safety served multiple search warrants at the same time in two different locations, Belfair and Seattle. The person suspected of possession of Child Pornography resides in Belfair, but works in Seattle, so multiple search warrants for his residence, workplace and person were all served simultaneously by two teams of Detectives.
Back in 2004, Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury signed a memorandum of understanding, assigning one of his Detectives to the Washington State Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, where a mutual partnership with agencies throughout the state work to stop the sexual abuse of children.
This specific case began when the assigned ICAC Detective received a “CyberTip” from the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children, that a person living in Belfair, uploaded depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The investigation found through multiple search warrant services who the person was, where they lived and where they worked.
A simultaneous service of multiple search warrants was then orchestrated in order for the prevention of any evidence that may be destroyed. One team of Detectives from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, the Seattle Police Department and the Squaxin Island Department of Public Safety served a warrant at the suspect’s residence in Belfair, confiscating computers, computer equipment, cellular devices and depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The second team of Detectives from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office and the Seattle Police Department served two warrants at the suspect’s workplace and on the suspect’s person in downtown Seattle. Cellular devices and computer equipment were confiscated and the suspect was arrested and transported to the Mason County Jail.
Sheriff Casey Salisbury stated that having a good working relationship with other agencies in the state helps to bring suspects to justice in order to protect our children. If we can apprehend those that possess and view child pornography, we can help stop the sexual abuse of our children. Sheriff Salisbury also wanted to thank the Detectives from the Seattle Police Department and the Squaxin Island Department of Public Safety for the work and dedication to help his Detectives.
Due to the on going investigation, no further information will be released at this time. The identity of the suspect arrested will be released after he is seen before a Mason County Superior Court Judge scheduled for this afternoon at 1315 hours. According to the Mason County Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect is facing the charge of Possession of Depictions of Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct, but more charges may be pending.