Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Google Gives Child Pornography Email Evidence to Police

August 4, 2014 9:42 pm

Federal law requires people and companies to report child exploitation when they see it. This includes Google, whose automated eyes tipped law enforcement about a Houston-area man whom the police say was using the company’s Gmail service to email pornographic images of a child.

The man, John Henry Skillern, 41, was arrested and charged with promotion and possession of child pornography. According to the police, the arrest was set in motion when Google sent a tip to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. The group alerted David Nettles, a detective in Webster, Tex., who works full time for the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

In an email, Mr. Nettles wrote: “All I can say is that Google is bound by federal law to report child exploitation when they see it…Google sent what they found to NCMEC and that information is processed into a cybertip that was assigned to me. I get search warrants based on the tip and my further investigation and in this case charges were filed.”

(More here.)


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