Allegedly Used Comcast, Snapchat, Claimed Jailbroken Phone To Blame…
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOYNTON BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The Boynton Beach Police Department announced Monday morning that it arrested a 19 year male and charged him with possessing illegal images of children.
From the police report provided by the Boynton Beach Police Department:
“BBPD received a CyberTip through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) which provided that child pornography was uploaded online via the application Snapchat. A review of the provided suspect uploaded video displayed an unknown prepubescent female child, approximately six years old, engaging in various sex acts with an adult male. The CyberTip further provided that the email address used in the SnapChat account was firstname.lastname@example.org and the IP used in the video upload was registered to Comcast. A subpoena was executed via Comcast identifying the upload coming from 550 NW 13th Ave #B Boynton Beach and a BBPD records check provided Ryan Lawson (DOB 12/15/2001) associated with the residence. On 11/18/2021 I made contact with Ryan’s mother at 550 NW 13th Ave #B advising that I wished to speak to Ryan and on 11/19/2021 at approximately 1130 hours I made contact with Ryan in the BBPD lobby where he had voluntarily come to speak with me.
Ryan then provided a sworn statement where he denied ever possessing child pornography and consented to BBPD Detectives searching his cellphone. Ryan denied being in Boynton Beach during the upload time of the Cybertip (08/11/2021). Ryan stated that he purchased a used phone which was jailbroken in March of 2021. Ryan further provided that he was able to gain access to a Facebook account of white male Eric Jones in his late 40’s or 50’s and recalled receiving messages at some point, but no child pornography was ever received and/or seen. Ryan provided that he recently had an unknown issue with Snapchat where they abruptly canceled his account. Ryan said that he is the sole user of his cell phone and that no one has access to his passwords. During a search of the Textnow application on Ryan’s phone, detectives discovered two separate videos which both displayed different prepubescent female children engaged in sexual activity. In the Textnow account screen the two videos appeared to have been sent from the device to another unknown individual. Once detectives brought the child pornography to Ryan’s attention, he withdrew his consent for the search of his phone and denied that the Textnow application was in fact his. BBPD Detective took custody of Ryan’s phone for follow-up and Ryan then left BBPD.
A search warrant was then obtained for Ryan’s cell phone which upon execution provided three videos of unknown prepubescent female children, approximately five to eight years old, engaging in various sex acts with adult males being sent to other persons from the Textnow application. The phone also provided that the Textnow application is registered to email account email@example.com and were sent on 08/09/2021. On the phone there was also found an off line Mega application storage file found with eleven videos of unknown prepubescent female children, approximately five to eight years old, engaging in various sex acts with adult males. The Mega account was also registered to email address firstname.lastname@example.org. No other accounts were found associated with the phone. Ryan’s cell phone also provided that he was in the Boynton Beach area during the day of the CyberTip upload. Due to the totality of events I placed Ryan Lawson under arrest for the Possession and Transmission of Child Pornography.”
The Palm Beach County Jail reports that Lawson is charged with “Obscene Material Possession” and “Obscene Communication.” He is being held without bond as of mid-day Monday, November 22, 2021.
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