Ex- Con­way of­fi­cer charged with pos­sess­ing child porn

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - ARKANSAS - SHEA STEW­ART

Con­way po­lice said Tues­day that a former po­lice of­fi­cer was ar­rested Mon­day and charged with pos­sess­ing child pornog­ra­phy.

Dustin Michael O’Dell, 32, of 147 Green Val­ley Drive No. 2 in Green­brier was ar­rested Mon­day by Green­brier po­lice and turned over to Con­way po­lice, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port.

O’Dell, who was charged with one count of dis­tribut­ing, pos­sess­ing or view­ing child pornog­ra­phy, was taken to the Faulkner County jail and re­leased Mon­day night on a $ 5,000 bond. A phone num­ber for O’Dell was not found Tues­day.

On Sept. 5, a Con­way com­puter re­pair­man no­ti­fied po­lice that he had found what he be­lieved to be child pornog­ra­phy on a lap­top com­puter be­long­ing to O’Dell, the re­port said. O’Dell, who was then a Con­way po­lice of­fi­cer, had brought the com­puter in for re­pairs ear­lier that day.

A de­tec­tive was shown the open lap­top that dis­played sev­eral video thumb­nails, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

“I could see that one of the thumb­nails showed a very young, pre- pubescent fe­male and a pe­nis,” the de­tec­tive wrote in the re­port. “There was no ques­tion that this was child pornog­ra­phy.”

Af­ter ob­tain­ing a search war­rant for the com­puter, de­tec­tives “lo­cated three videos on the lap­top that were def­i­nitely child pornog­ra­phy and two oth­ers that are sus­pected to be,” ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

The com­puter hadn’t worked since Au­gust 2012.

A de­tec­tive in­ter­viewed O’Dell on Sept. 8, the re­port said. O’Dell de­nied know­ing how the child pornog­ra­phy got on the com­puter but ad­mit­ted to us­ing a peer- topeer file shar­ing pro­gram to down­load adult porn in the past.

The de­tec­tive told O’Dell that the three videos of chil­dren were in a folder la­beled “Young,” and that there were other fold­ers on the com­puter la­beled “Beast” and “Asian.”

O’Dell de­nied down­load­ing the bes­tial­ity videos in the “Beast” folder but ad­mit­ted he did have “a thing for Asian women and there would be videos with that con­tent,” the re­port said.

An­other lap­top com­puter and a flash drive at O’Dell’s home were searched with O’Dell’s con­sent, but no pornog­ra­phy was dis­cov­ered on either de­vice, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Con­way po­lice started an in­ter­nal ad­min­is­tra­tive in­quiry and a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion Sept. 9, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

O’Dell later told po­lice that his sis­ter might have in­ad­ver­tently down­loaded the pornog­ra­phy while copy­ing files to O’Dell’s lap­top from a former hus­band’s com­puter in 2009, the re­port said. O’Dell’s sis­ter was look­ing for mes­sages be­tween her then- hus­band and an­other woman at the time.

When the sis­ter was con­tacted, though, her story and O’Dell’s story didn’t match, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Af­ter the ad­min­is­tra­tive in­quiry con­cluded, O’Dell, who had been a Con­way po­lice of­fi­cer since March 25, 2013, re­signed Sept. 21.

The sep­a­rate crim­i­nal case was turned over to the pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice for pros­e­cu­to­rial re­view, and a war­rant was is­sued Mon­day for O’Dell’s ar­rest, the re­lease said.

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