Sunday, May 19, 2013
Anchorage Man Arrested for Surfing Child Porn in Public Library
It’s an ongoing investigation for the Anchorage Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit and an even bigger concern for the Loussac library.
Last Friday, Anchorage police say 32-year-old Michael John Aaron Loudermilk searched for child pornography at the Anchorage Loussac Public Library
“They are essentially a reproduction of a moment in time for a child in which it was the worst moment of their life forever etched in a photograph,” said Anchorage Police Department Detective Glen Klinkhart of the Cyber Crimes Unit.
APD arrested Loudermilk at the library and charged him with possession of child pornography and indecent viewing or photography. According to police, Loussac security officers saw the images on his computer.
“Mr. Loudermilk, I believe, had to work very hard to use the web to find theses images...doesn't mean that they're not out there which is why people do need to be aware of what they're doing, what search terms they're putting in and what they're looking at,” Klinkhart said.
Unlike public schools and other libraries in the rest of the country, Alaska's public libraries give users 18 and older the ability to bypass filters, giving them full access to the World Wide Web.
Loussac Library Director Karen Keller said, “We still want to protect the rights of people who want to use the Internet, adults and so forth. We're going to comply to the rules and regulations and, like I said, it's filtered unless you ask to have it turned off.”
Loussac Library officials say this is the second person caught looking at child pornography in the lab, and police suspect this was not the only time Loudermilk used facilities to search for it.
“Our information is that he was actually obtaining images not only from this library but potentially off other libraries that he visited,” Klinkhart said.
While APD investigates the computer, the library is doing their part to warn people in the community.
“We're not bulletproof so parents need to take responsibility when their kids are here too,” Keller said, “to make sure that they're a part of their learning activity and that they're with their children and making sure that they're safe and comfortable while they are here too.”