man arrested on child pornography count
April 24, 2009 | A Logan man was arrested Wednesday
and booked on one count of sexual exploitation of a
minor, stemming from his alleged viewing of Internet
child pornography, a second-degree felony that carries
a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
Andrew W. Brooks, 24, turned himself over to the Cache
County Sheriff's Office after admitting to investigators
that he viewed the material in question, according to
Chief Deputy Dave Bennett.
The case began when one of Brooks' family members
apparently admitted during a job interview to having
viewed child pornography. At that point the company
turned the matter over to authorities, Bennett said.
The case was given to the sheriff's office by the state
attorney general's office, which frequently turns over
such cases to local jurisdictions.
The sheriff's office then obtained a warrant to search
the computers at the Brooks residence. During the search,
Andrew Brooks told deputies, "That's probably what
you're looking for," according to Bennett, and
admitted to viewing the material.
Brooks was interviewed further and later turned himself
in for booking.
"Generally we don't arrest people initially on the
spot until we've had a chance to interview them," Bennett
As part of Utah's Internet Crimes Against Children
Task Force (ICAC), Cache County has been granted one
full-time deputy to investigate cases of this nature,
but Bennett says one is not enough.
"We could definitely use another investigator for
ICAC," Bennett said. "We're getting more and more of
that all the time."
Bennett added that most people arrested on suspicion
of viewing child pornography aren't inherently bad,
but have allowed themselves to go down a bad road.