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Raleigh Man Accused of Having Child Porn on Work Computer

Posted April 15, 2008
Updated October 14, 2009

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Editor's Note: All charges against James Everson were dismissed in August 2008.

A Raleigh man is facing charges in connection with having child porn on a work computer.

James Everson, 33, was charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a minor.

The Wake County Sheriff's Office found the images on a computer at Cisco Systems.

According to a search warrant released Tuesday, the company asked the sheriff's office to investigate Everson.

Everson is out of jail on bond.

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  • Gooseye Apr 17, 2008

    Now maybe, since this is his personal computer, someone else was looking at child porn on his computer and he had no idea it was there. Or maybe he is into that stuff and just forgot to delete it from his computer, in which case he should be punished accordingly. However, that leaves enough doubt in my mind that this could be an innocent man. It's happened before, innocent people being convicted of something they didn't do. In this case, unless he can prove that he didn't put that image on his computer, then he's pretty much screwed. If he's innocent then I wish him luck.

  • Gooseye Apr 17, 2008

    The article over at the N&O site has more info than the WRAL one. According to the N&O, the computer was his personal one, not his work computer. And this all started when Cisco wanted to look at his files on his personal computer because they thought he was committing copyright infringement. He ended up giving them the hard drives out of the computer instead.
    Now, if my employer told me to hand over my personal computer or the hard drive so that they could rifle through it, I'd tell them to go pound sand. You're not looking at my stuff without a court order. This is the same as if they said, "let me see your personal flash drive" or "give me your iPod". No way buddy!

    Doesn't sound like he had anything to hide if he just let them have the hard drive. Which is stupid by the way, he just gave up his rights.

  • lovetowrite Apr 16, 2008

    What bothers me most is "who and where" is the kid in the photo, and are they safe now?

  • Travised Apr 16, 2008

    If it's a work system, a lot of the companies have "God" accounts (think Unix) to get around your lockouts or security protocols. My rule for files at work is to keep them ON YOU (flash drive) and not on the company machines if they are personal. Company machines are company property, not your own privacy.

    Still, stupid IF this accusation comes out true. Never bring illegal material into work, you are only dragging them down.

  • VT1994Hokie Apr 16, 2008

    How many have been charged this week alone? I am convinced now that these people are everywhere. Parents, I sincerely hope that all of you will pay close attention to baby sitters, day care, child care, YMCA, or any other business that may provide supervision for your children. I hope that you will ask some questions everyday to your child about what went on, and what they did.

    We have read about too many stories of late about these types!!!!

  • clover1019 Apr 16, 2008

    disgusting......i hope they search his home too, no telling what they might find there!

  • Init4him Apr 16, 2008

    If it was a co-worker that sent it to him then the trail would have been followed back to it's origins. Crossover crimes that involve electronics cary a slighly different burden of proof. If he has been charged it would be a safe bet that the to and from has already been worked out.

  • lornadoone Apr 16, 2008

    Jh5230... ahh interesting point. Guess we'll see how things unfold. I guess if an angry co-worker did it, or if someone sent it as a joke, he could have reported that ASAP. I remember once somehow a porn site got linked to my work web browser and I immediately told my supervisor. It's ridiculous how accessible porn is and how careful you have to be when you're doing online searches. Anyway, I'm getting off topic. If this guy had the porn for his own pleasure, than he disgusts me.

  • kstor33 Apr 16, 2008

    Ahhhh...so you guys are thinking what I'm thinking. That is...the possibility of a devious coworker setting this guy up? It's possible...but it's a scary thought for the rest of us who work in a computer environment.

  • Jh5230 Apr 16, 2008

    I hear what you're saying Lorna, and I agree, however I was more so speaking to what other said about the possibility of someone planting this information; an angry co-worker, etc.
    I'm just thinking that they would not necessarily be part of the authorization matrix for this individual's computer. Sure, the higher ups and those with more security clearances would have the access, though, they most likely would have to access his computer info with their own passwords, not his.

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