EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah – An Eagle Mountain man was arrested Wednesday and charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor for downloading and viewing child pornography, according to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.
Michael Christopher Skakie, age 31, was booked into the Utah County Jail after police said they discovered someone at the Eagle Mountain address had been downloading and viewing child pornography.
The UCSO, along with the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force, executed a search warrant Wednesday morning and arrested Skakie.
At least 43 images and videos depicting young girls without clothes and young girls being raped had been downloaded, according to police.
Investigators said Skakie told them he had been downloading this kind of material for 15 years.
Bail had not been set for Skakie, according to the UCSO.
DES MOINES, Iowa – Court documents show a Des Moines man accused of possessing child porn was caught after he spilled gravy on his laptop and needed help from technical support.
The criminal complaint against Robert Watson says he brought his laptop, which he had spilled gravy on, to Best Buy in August of 2018 because it was inoperable. He bought a new laptop and paid the store’s Geek Squad to transfer the files from the “gravy covered computer” to the new laptop.
During the transfer, employees noticed several images they believed contained child pornography and notified authorities.
Des Moines police investigated both computers. The complaint says Watson told detectives he “believes the pictures are of 4 and 5 year olds that Robert felt were about to have sex.” He claimed to have downloaded the images “because he wanted to tell other people about them.”
Watson is charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography and was arrested Tuesday. He is being held in the Polk County Jail on a bond of $50,000.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 10th.