Tuesday, July 13, 2010
CVS Drugstore Manager Indicted on Child Porn Charges
"A Phoenix man was indicted this week on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor stemming from his arrest after child pornography images were found at the Fountain Hills pharmacy where he worked.
Michael Brown (mug shot), 49, was arrested in late June when another manager at the CVS Pharmacy discovered pornographic photographs of minor girls saved to the photo kiosk under Brown's name at the store. Brown also worked as a manager at the store. A search warrant was served to Brown's home and car, where hundreds of photographs and USB drives containing child pornography, child erotica and adult pornography were discovered, a court document said.
A prepared statement from Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley said many of the photographs contain girls who appear to be under 13 years old.
'Children are so trusting and vulnerable and, unfortunately, these traits often make them easy to exploit,' Romley said in the statement. 'This office takes crimes against children extremely seriously and we will continue to prosecute these cases vigorously.'
Each count of sexual exploitation of a minor is a class 2 felony, and considered a dangerous crime against children, according to the release."
A little off-topic, here, but as you will recall, Romley is the former Maricopa County attorney and the current Maricopa County attorney having replaced Andrew Thomas who was Sheriff Joe Arpaio. It's refreshing to see actual crimes being prosecuted in Maricopa County as opposed to local enforcement of federal immigration laws by show sweeps of Hispanic citizens, children, and undocumented residents.