April 19, 2024

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Surprise police arrest man suspected to have child sexual abuse images

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Surprise police arrested 65-year-old Robert Beckham on Tuesday on suspicion of having child sexual abuse images in his email accounts and on his cellphone, according to court records.

The U.S. Marshals Service helped arrest Beckham after months of investigating his online activities. Court documents stated that warrants served on two of Beckham’s Google email accounts revealed 1,700 images of child sexual abuse. 

After Beckham was arrested, a forensic analyst also said a brief inspection of the man’s phone showed 3,300 images. Officials said they believe more images could be found on other email accounts and personal electronic belongings like Beckham’s laptop, according to court documents. 

During an interview with officials, Beckham said he downloaded or took a screenshot of the images from websites but didn’t share them with anyone, court documents stated. He also said he had never told anyone about it. 

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