Computer Leads to Sexual Exploitation of Minor Arrest
February 12, 2013
Police Computer Forensic Detectives have arrested a
suspect for using his computer to view and distribute child
pornography. On February 5, 2013, detectives arrested David Lee
Stice (45; shown at right) for three counts of sexual
exploitation of a minor, one count of possession of dangerous
drugs and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
The investigation began several months ago when detectives began
a proactive search for suspects using computers to view,
distribute and trade child pornography. Detectives located
information that a computer being used in the 900 block of West
9th Place had downloaded known child pornography. The residents
of the address were identified and a search warrant was
obtained. When detectives arrived they knocked on the door and
Stice answered. He was identified and taken into custody. At the
time he was contacted, Stice was actively viewing child
pornography on his computer.
During an interview, Stice admitted that he had used his
computer to view and download child pornography. At one point
during the interview, Stice said that his computer would contain
hundreds of files containing child pornography.
This investigation is a great example of Mesa Police detectives
taking a proactive approach to seeking out suspects who hide
behind their computers while exploiting and promoting the
exploitation of children. Through the use of technology,
criminals of this type will no longer be able to hide in their
homes while committing these horrible crimes.