School Para-professional Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography

Bellevue, WA – Yesterday, Bellevue Police Detectives on the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested a Carnation man for possession of child pornography after an investigation revealed he had possessed child sex imagery. In March of this year, Bellevue Detectives received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding an internet user in possession of child sex imagery. Bellevue Police launched an investigation, and subsequently learned that the suspect, a 22-year-old Carnation resident, was employed by the Bellevue School District as a para-professional. Bellevue Police immediately notified the school district and the man was placed on leave during the subsequent investigation. A search warrant conducted by Bellevue Police investigators, along with investigators from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Seattle Police Department at the suspect’s residence in Carnation revealed that the suspect allegedly possessed numerous additional child sex images on various electronic devices. On June 24th, the suspect turned himself in to police and was arrested for one count of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct second degree. The suspect is not being named at this time as he has not yet been charged with any crime.

Bellevue Chief of police Steve Mylett commented: “I am proud of the work of the investigators involved in this case, and grateful to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for their commitment to end the trafficking of child sex imagery.” Mylett continued: “The young victims of these crimes are victimized every time these disturbing images are shared online, and we remain committed to ending these types of crimes.”

BPD Case #2021-15118

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