Detectives from the Washington State Patrol’s Missing and Exploited Childrens Task Force arrested an Olympia man today after getting a search warrant to check his home computer for child pornography.
Michael C. Boone, 38, was arrested after detectives served a search warrant at his residence and interviewed him at his place of employment.
Boone is currently employed as a community corrections officer by the Washington Department of Corrections. At present there is no indication that any child pornography was stored on Boone’s work computer. Out of an abundance of caution, detectives have seized Boone’s work computer for a forensic examination.
Boone is also a reserve police officer for the city of Tenino. His police department-issued smart phone was seized by detectives.
The investigation began when security officers at Microsoft noticed the electronic signature of well-known and frequently-traded images of child pornography on Boone’s Microsoft SkyDrive account. They contacted the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force which in turn referred the matter to law enforcement.
Detectives used the information to obtain the search warrant, which in turn led to Boone’s arrest. He was booked into the Thurston County Jail for Investigation of Possession of Depictions of Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct.
The Thurston County Prosecutor will ultimately decide what charges to file in the case.