Computer Leads to Sexual Exploitation of Minor Arrest

February 12, 2013

Photo of suspect David SticeMesa 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.



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