Houston man charged with child porn possession after Google cyber-tip


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KHOU (Houston):

Houston man charged with child porn possession after Google cyber-tip

HOUSTON – A cyber-tip generated by Google and sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children led to the arrest of a 41-year-old Houston man who is charged with possessing child pornography.Police say Google detected explicit images of a young girl in an email that John Henry Skillern was sending to a friend, the company then alerted authorities.

“He was trying to get around getting caught, he was trying to keep it inside his email,” said Detective David Nettles of the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. “I can’t see that information, I can’t see that photo, but Google can.”
Skillern is a registered sex offender who was convicted of sexually assaulting an 8 year old boy in 1994.

According to the sex offender registry, Skillern lives in the 2400 Lidstone in Houston. But police say he spends much of his time at his parent’s home on Hickory Lane in Pasadena.

Well, I’m glad they caught the creep, but . . .
I can’t help suspecting some Google employees are checking out exes’ e-mail or scanning traffic for nude selfies. Not to mention that the government can’t monitor a person’s e-mail w/o a warrant.

PS – why wasn’t monitoring his electronic media part of his release? Here in NY that’s pretty standard for sex offenders, or in some cases NO electronic access.


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It’s possible that this wasn’t an intentional monitoring. I work in IT, and you’d be surprised how often we end up having to review an email for one reason or another that has nothing to do with content monitoring.


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Its good they caught this guy, but Im kinda surprised people still send this kind of thing over their email, any idiot out there knows they monitor like crazy…kind of dumb imo, but Im also amazed at how many people they nab for trying to set up meetings with young kids for sex using online chat rooms…do they really truly think they will get away with this, OR they are really talking to a kid and not a cop? LOL All I have to say, is their craving for this must be ridiculous for them to take such risky actions.


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^^^This. The good news here is that some of these people are SO stupid that they wind up taking themselves out of circulation.


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Maybe.
But Google routinely scans e-mail content so they know what kind of ads to send you. From this case it seems they have an algorithm scans attachments and recognises different types of images.


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The government can and does monitor email without a warrant. The various ‘security’ agencies have been revealed to do this. But, even if the government wasn’t making up its own law for itself the laws on the books allow the government to have access to any electronic document that is older than six months. If you archive email online once it is six months old no warrant is needed.

Government can access email older than six months


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