David Allen Smith: Busted for Kiddy Porn after Wife Turns Geek Squad Loose on Computer

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He doesn't look like he'd have kiddie porn at ALL.
Marriage and a weakness for child porn. It's a combo that doesn't mix.

The latest area man to find that out the hard way is 67-year-old David Allen Smith of Lufkin.

Police there say Smith's vile stash came to light after his wife took their computer to Best Buy last Wednesday to have their files transferred to a new hard drive. Once they opened up the hood on Smith's computer, the Geek Squad turned into G-Men, according to Lufkin police detective Otis Almond.

"Best Buy called one of our patrolmen after seeing file names that indicated child pornography. This is the first time in my six years in the cyber crimes division we've made an arrest this way. Best Buy handled the situation perfectly," Almond told the Lufkin Daily News. "(Smith) came to the police department on Monday to talk to us. He confessed that the files were child porn that he had downloaded and was very apologetic."

According to authorities, Smith does not have a police record. Lufkin cops are continuing their investigation, and once concluded, will charge him with a felony, though the degree could range from third to first. His bail was set at $5,000 and he had bonded out of Angelina County Jail by Wednesday morning.

A Best Buy spokesman told KTRE that the Geek Squad does not routinely rummage around in peoples' hard drives, but that in a hard drive transfer like the one Smith's wife asked for, it is necessary that they do. The spokesman said that if they discover suspicious files in the natural order of doing that, they deem it their responsibility to inform police.


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fredjohns
fredjohns

How do they know it is kiddy porn .. they would have to explicitly know the ages of the girls. A naked woman is not illegal  ..

ConcernedCitizen
ConcernedCitizen

All you geek lawyers out there, start drafting motions for suit against Best Buy.  The files were none of their business, and they are not licensed to investigate such information, only to repair the computer under Texas law.   Their behavior is commendable, but Mr. Smith may have a cause of action. 

Anon
Anon

Geek Squad are the most incompetent morons on the planet..I love going in there to talk computer stuff and watching their little heads go up in smoke..

Kuei
Kuei

I'm guessing Best Buy is about to lose alot of business.

Larry Kessler
Larry Kessler

"A Best Buy spokesman told KTRE that the Geek Squad does not routinely rummage around in peoples' hard drives" -- are they lying or just quoting the policy manual?  This outfit is LEGENDARY for doing exactly that.  Consumerist caught them stealing a customer's porn stash (the manager was fired) and the stories about this extremely common practice of theirs on the various Geek-Squad-horror-story websites are legion.

Copycat
Copycat

I think that obsession with kiddy porn is a medical disease, and though inexcusable and prosecutable, ought to be explored more in the context of brain disease. Maybe there is something triggering that desire and compulsion, and if the desire is not acted upon, it ought to be explored more as a medical issue, rather than as entertainment.

Brucebell2002
Brucebell2002

Hmm, I don't know how Best Buy does it, but when I transfer a hard drive, I just hook it up, run a program, and it is done.  Then, to check if it worked, I compare file sizes in the various folders.    So, unless he had one labeled kiddie porn, exactly how did BB see them?

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AC
AC

Only from people who collect kiddie porn. 

Euphoniusmunk
Euphoniusmunk

It's worth thinking about, yes. Pedophilia is a sexual attraction to children, it's a point along the sexual spectrum, so to speak. Most people think of sexuality in either/or terms: hetero, homo, masculine, feminine, yet sexuality is a spectrum, not one of two poles.

Now the choice to abuse a child is the perpetrator's fault. There's no excusing child abuse of course. The attraction to children isn't a choice, the action is a choice. Just like we all have some crazy thoughts, in some degree, we don't act on them.

Jack
Jack

Bullshit.  Scumbag isn't a disease.  Well....on second thought, let's go ahead and call it a disease and prescribe a .38 hollow-point injected into the back of the skull as the cure.

gary
gary

Let's open up his skull NOW and see what's in there!

fredjohns
fredjohns

Well .. It takes time to look for bank accounts, SS #. etc ... so I guess that is how they found them.

Space City Systems
Space City Systems

Generally, the Geek Squad takes a full hard drive backup from the old machine and places it on the desktop of the new machine, but they sometimes also make an effort to place various documents, pictures, music and videos into their appropriate folders on the new computer.

fredjohns
fredjohns

being naked is not illegal .. IMO .. the court would have to produce the name and age ofthe person(s) in the pictures to get a conviction.  Innocent before proven .. remember ?

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