Oak Harbor man charged with possessing child porn

Special agents with Homeland Security investigated a child pornography case in Oak Harbor earlier this year.

Prosecutors charged the suspect, Lewis C. Cox, 49, in Island County Superior Court May 2 with four counts of possession of depictions of minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct in the first degree.

Homeland Security was first alerted to the case in 2016 when Yahoo Inc. reported that suspected child porn was uploaded to the Flickr website by a user.

The IP address was traced to an Oak Harbor apartment where Cox lived, according to an agent’s report.

Two agents arrived at Cox’s home in March. Cox denied that he viewed child porn but gave the agents consent to search his Mac desktop computer and a USB drive. The agents found numerous images and videos of child pornography, the report says.

Cox then admitted that he frequently communicated in child-porn related internet chat rooms where people would send him large “batches” of child porn; he would then share them elsewhere on the Internet, the report states.

Cox also explained that he would occasionally pretend to be a female child in chat rooms “to see how far men would take sexualized conversations.”

If convicted of the charges against him, Cox could face up to eight and a half years in prison.

More in Letters to the Editor

Letter: Golden Rule is what most Americans are living by

Editor, Norms, standards and behaviors. We have moved through another election cycle,… Continue reading

Letter: Writer should be ashamed of his ‘misleading letter’

Editor, Well, I hope no one ever hires Lee Rebman to analyze… Continue reading

Letter: We can do better —don’t drive under the influence

Editor, Once again, Island Thrift has fulfilled the Impaired Driving Impact Panel… Continue reading

Letter: Trump is thuggish buffoon who would be laughed at

Editor, So, we’ve come to this. A president who praises Congressman Gianforte… Continue reading

Letter: Let your representative know the changes wanted

Editor, We all know that government is slow, at least when it… Continue reading

Letter: Electromagnetic fields are all around us, affect health

Editor, In normal Whidbey life, the typical exposure of a child or… Continue reading

Letter: Letter writer was incorrect about Initiative 1631 info

Editor, Norman Bodine’s anti-Initiative 1631 letter of Oct. 9 states, “95 percent… Continue reading

Letter: Can U C Me Campaign for safety awareness

Editor, This time of year, it’s dark when I leave my house… Continue reading

Letter: Oncology team appreciates patience of its patients

Editor, Fourteen months later, WhidbeyHealth has completed the new pharmacy that meets… Continue reading

Most Read