A 33-year old Ocean Shores man has been arrested for Possession of Depictions of Minor Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct and Viewing Depictions of a Minor Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct. Both charges are Class B felonies under Washington State law.
On December 29, 2018, the Ocean Shores Police Department received a report that the man had been sending sexually-oriented messages to an 11-year old girl (who does not live in the United States) and he was accessing child pornography on the Internet.
Officer Iversen quickly developed a case and obtained a search warrant for the man’s home, to seize all devices capable of accessing the Internet or storing digital files. At the same time, the man was arrested on these charges.
The man was booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail, and the County Prosecutor’s Office will review the report and decide what charges are to be filed.
The electronic devices will be subject to a forensic examination to recover all illegal files. Once that is done, it is possible this case will be referred to Federal investigators for further investigation.