Police: Homeless Man Used Public Library's Free Wi-Fi For Child Porn
FRESNO, California (KFSN) - A 59-year-old homeless man has been arrested for allegedly downloading child pornography using the free Wi-Fi at the Central Library in downtown Fresno. Sheriff's investigators took Victor Smith (pictured above) into custody at the public library after a two-week investigation. He was apprehended sitting at a table directly across from the children's section.
Chris Curtice with sheriff's office said, "he [Smith] was seated in such a way that people could not see what was on his computer. He could look up and look directly at the children in the children's center."
Authorities say that Smith had been using the free Wi-Fi for the last few months to download illegal images despite the filters put in place by the library. "Unfortunately, people who are out to thwart the system will always find a way to get around it. The problem with internet filtering is it's not 100 percent secure," said Laurel Prysiazny, the county librarian.
Detectives found more evidence after serving a search warrant at a homeless encampment where Smith lived. They also found a cardboard sign that read: will NOT work for porn.
He was booked into the Fresno County jail on charges of possessing child pornography.