Report: Child porn found on computer brought in for repairs

Report: Child porn found on computer brought in for repairs

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Police were called to the Best Buy on Oak Forest Lane Tuesday after an employee discovered what appeared to be child pornography on a customer's computer that was brought in for repairs, according to a Myrtle Beach Police report.

When the officer arrived at the Best Buy, the employee said that the offender had brought the computer in a few days prior for hard drive issues, according to the police report. The employee said he saw "suspicious files" in the "recently viewed" files list, but did not dig into the files at that time. The hard drive issue was resolved and the offender picked up the computer.

On Tuesday, the offender brought the computer back for operating issues, the report states. While working to fix some corrupted files, the employee saw a file named "13 YO GIRL TOPLESS." The employee told his manager, who contacted authorities.

After the employee gave a statement to police, he proceeded to scroll through thousands of images that depicted what appeared to be underage girls in bikinis, thongs and see-through tops, the report states. The pictures that the officer saw appeared to be taken in a studio with a high-resolution camera. The images also had a stamp on the side showing a website address ending in ".RU." .RU is the national website domain for Russia.

The officer then asked the employee to show the file that captured his attention, the report states. The employee opened a video with what appeared to be an underage girl dancing. He skipped to the middle of the video, and the girl was shown dancing topless. The employee then stopped the video.

The employee and the manager both gave witnesses statements. A deputy sheriff with the Horry County Sheriff's Office arrived at the scene and took possession of the computer and control of the case.

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