Child porn investigation leads to child molester, police say

A Homeland Security investigation into the distribution of child pornography led to the arrest of a Clinton man for allegedly molesting a child, according to court documents.

Investigators are analyzing thousands of images and videos of suspected child pornography, including some that may involve the victim in the case, according to a police report.

A judge in Island County Superior Court ordered Jeffrey C. McCord, 31, held on $150,000 bail April 29.

On May 1, prosecutors charged him with one count of child molestation in the first degree for allegedly molesting a child who was less than 12 years old.

The investigative report by Lt. Mike Hawley with the Island County Sheriff’s Office explains that the agents with the Department of Homeland Security uncovered evidence that groups of people were exchanging child porn through the Kik messaging app. Investigators found that McCord uploaded files of child pornography to other members of one of the Kik groups, according to Hawley’s report.

On April 19, Homeland Security agents and a Bellingham police detective who was working with them served a search warrant on McCord’s home in Clinton. McCord allegedly confessed to having child pornography on his phone, the report states.

During the investigation, a child disclosed that McCord had molested her, Hawley wrote. McCord denied it.

Examination of electronic devices found at McCord’s house will take several weeks, Hawley wrote. Any child pornography charges will likely be handled in federal court, according to the prosecutor’s office.

More in News

Three dog afternoon | Island scanner

Tuesday, May 19 At 5:46 p.m., a caller reported that a Greenbank… Continue reading

Clinics scheduled to reopen next week

WhidbeyHealth is reopening several of its primary and specialty care clinics starting… Continue reading

Man accused of sending child porn

A 38-year-old Oak Harbor man is being held in jail after he… Continue reading

Man charged with raping teenager

An Anacortes resident is accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl at… Continue reading

Island triathlon taking on virtual format this year

For the first time in its history, the Whidbey Island Triathlon will… Continue reading

Veterinary clinic in Oak Harbor celebrating 40th anniversary

Best Friends Veterinarian Center in Oak Harbor celebrated its 40th anniversary last… Continue reading

Local libraries adapt programs to support social distancing

Even with all locations closed to the public because of COVID-19, the… Continue reading

‘Fascist paradigm” bemoaned | Island Scanner

Thursday, May 14 At 5:26 a.m., a Main Street resident reported seeing… Continue reading

One-shoe man breaks into Burger King, cooks food

A man broke into Burger King in Oak Harbor overnight and cooked… Continue reading

Most Read