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Geek Squad turns man in on child porn charges

Posted October 19, 2010

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— A Raleigh man pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge after technicians at Best Buy found child pornography on his computer, authorities said.

Devin Ray Norris, no age or address available, pleaded guilty to transportation of child pornography. He will be sentenced in January, when he faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Norris took his desktop computer to Best Buy in Raleigh in December 2008 for repair, and the store's Geek Squad technicians contacted law enforcement officers after finding child pornography on the computer, prosecutors said.

Federal agents then searched the computer and found more than 3,000 pornographic images and 86 explicit videos, prosecutors said. An analysis of Yahoo! Messenger chats revealed that Norris planned to trade child pornography, prosecutors said.

Norris surrendered a second computer and several CDs to authorities, and they found hundreds of other pornographic images on the CDs, prosecutors said. That computer had already been scrubbed of all images and videos, they said.

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  • blackdog Oct 20, 2010

    I will never look the other way if I see child abuse of any kind.

  • pyrosinthesky Oct 20, 2010

    thefensk - pyrosinthesky -- A number of technical people have posted here and all have affirmed that many repairs require some incidental contact with user data. If you can't handle that, then fix it yourself. And if you've got blatantly illegal data, then don't take it in. The way the law is written, one is compelled to report such activity, no matter how you become aware of it.

    Geez, people. Of course he should have been turned in. If you had read any of my other posts you would see that I commented on the fact that I hadn't thought of the file system issue when I asked the question and I agreed there are times when it is valid to be poking around. However, I still maintain that the question is valid. It is analogous to cleaning people in your house poking around in your chest-of-drawers or closets.

    Is reading comprehension so bad now that I'm being attacked for AGREEING with you?

  • TomLynda Oct 20, 2010

    flashyswife:

    When someone gives me a computer to repair, I ask them upfront if there is anything on the drive that they do not, under any circumstances want anyone else to view. That could be, as you said, tax records, which should be removed in any event and stored elsewhere, or anything else. If they get real nervous about it, I simply do not take the computer. Call it 6th sense or whatever. But the question of who has the right to "play cop" when a child is being sexually abused is, everybody has the right to call the cops in that case. The child has virtually zero power or ability to stop the abuse and it is so, so wrong that the question of is it right to turn the scum in should not even be considered. Anyone that sexually abuses a child, as far as I am concerned, forfeits the right to live, and should be removed from society for life. They do not reform.

    And I advise all my contacts to remove their tax files from their computers. Store them in flash drives or on a CD.

  • thefensk Oct 20, 2010

    pyrosinthesky -- A number of technical people have posted here and all have affirmed that many repairs require some incidental contact with user data. If you can't handle that, then fix it yourself. And if you've got blatantly illegal data, then don't take it in. The way the law is written, one is compelled to report such activity, no matter how you become aware of it.

  • flashyswife Oct 19, 2010

    PYROSI...I agree. I dont want anyone viewing my Turbo Tax or privacy documents. While obviously child porno is wrong, it forces the question of who should have the right to judge or play cop when over someone else's personal property.

  • TomLynda Oct 19, 2010

    pyrosinthesky:

    You make a very valid point of people viewing files on a computer, but I know from personal experience that when in the process of repairing a computer, you get a glimpse of stuff that sometimes you wished didn't appear. I repair computers, and have for years, and sometimes when trying to track down something a thumbnail of a photo appears. And yes, if it was in anyway related to child porn I would call the cops ASAP. That's why I have a separate, dedicated computer that is no hooked up to any of my main computers. So any thing that is bad will not get on mine. When repairing a computer, you have to connect to the net at some point, thus the separate, dedicated computer.

    Hope they throw the book at this perp.

  • blackdog Oct 19, 2010

    A search of Devin Ray Norris yielded much about him. He was arrested by the FBI on February 23 2009. His website is no longer in existence. His Facebook page still exists though. His political viewpoint is radical right wing. Conspiracy followers will have a field day investigating this guy. The information shows this to be the very same Devin Ray Norris who is the subject of this story. Age 37.

  • shortcake53 Oct 19, 2010

    What a dummy he is for taking it to them. Dont get me wrong, I'm thrilled he did it and got caught, but it just shows his level of intelligence. Thats like taking some broken stolen jewelry to the Police Dept. to get it fixed........

  • pyrosinthesky Oct 19, 2010

    > Thankfully, no one will ever see the pictures. Convict this PO S, then destroy the evidence. Some lawyer dumb enough to go for a retrial, unfortunantely there will be other eveidence for him to view so he/she can take a moment and realize priorities.

    JKKC, unfortunately that is not the case. The images will be preserved forever in a DOJ database. Reference below:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Child_Victim_Identification_Program

  • pyrosinthesky Oct 19, 2010

    > For all you folks defending him and questioning the Geek Squad makes me wonder what porn you are hiding on your PC

    Typical idiocy on here. Who is defending the perv? No one on here as yet. Someone makes an argument on a related point and you get associated with the criminal. Asking a question about what they are doing looking at files that may be unrelated to the problem they are solving is an issue. I don't think they should have the right to view anything they want on my PC, even if I did bring it in for them to service. Do you want them looking at your Turbo Tax files or your email?

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