Google helps feds nab child pornography suspect

An alleged maker of child pornography has just been indicted — and it’s thanks to Google, according to the feds.

On Sept. 7, a federal grand jury in Vermont indicted Cody Clark, 26, of Bristol, Vermont for alleged production of child porn.

The allegations against Clark remain claims, as they have not been proved in court, but if he’s convicted, he faces a mandatory-minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and fines up to $250,000.

A search of Clark’s computer turned up images of child porn, the U.S. Department of Justice alleged.

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The department credited Google with leading law enforcement officers to Clark.

“The investigation into Clark began when Google sent a ‘Cybertip’ to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children,” the department said in a Sept. 7 press release.

The company warned the center that a user of a Google platform had uploaded images of child porn, the department said. Vermont’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force was charged with investigating. It obtained a warrant to search the home believed to be Clark’s, and also used the warrant to search his computer, the department said.

“The images identified in the Cybertip were among the images found on Clark’s computer,” the department said.

“Clark told law enforcement that he produced these images of child pornography and he used them for sexual gratification.”

This news organization reached out to Google to ask how often it helped authorities via tips on child pornography, but did not receive an immediate response.


Photo: A man walks past a building on the Google campus in Mountain View. (Jeff Chiu/AP)


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