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WSP officially concludes Chism investigation

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UPDATED INFORMATION: WSP has officially concluded its investigation into the Todd Chism child pornography case. This is the latest information that KHQ has received from the WSP offices:

The Washington State Patrol's Missing and Exploited Children's Task Force has found no evidence that Nine Mile Falls resident Todd Chism engaged in downloading of child pornography on his home or work computers. The investigation into Mr. Chism is concluded.

The State Patrol's Criminal Investigation Division also opened an Identity Theft case, in which Mr. Chism and his wife were listed as victims. Detectives were unable determine the identity of the person who downloaded child pornography using the Chism's credit card.

This investigation was conducted in good faith, with the intent of protecting children exploited in the production of child pornography. The purpose of any investigation is to determine the facts. In this case, the critical fact needed was whether or not there was child pornography on Mr. Chism's computers. All computers and digital media taken from the Chism home and workplace were thoroughly reviewed, and no child pornography was found.

Internet technology changes on an almost daily basis. Identity thieves and child pornographers are expert at adapting and changing their methods in order to avoid detection, as they apparently did in this case. One of the lessons learned here is the complexity of investigations involving potential identity theft and computers.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008: According to a statement released by the Steven's County Prosecutor's office Tuesday morning, Todd Chism, the Spokane firefighter investigated for the possession of child pornography, will not be charged by that office.

In a news conference held hours after that statement was released, Washington State Patrol reaffirmed no evidence of possession of child pornography by Chism was ever found.

For complete coverage of the Chism case anytime, you can log on to KHQ.com. On KHQ.com you will find a history of the Chism case, official court documents as well as the entire statement released this morning by the Steven's County Prosecutor's office. In addition, you can view the uncut news conference held by Washington State Patrol this morning. 

Also, KHQ wants to know how you feel about the treatment of Chism. Was he treated fairly or was he unfairly persecuted? Log on Right Now to share your opinion.

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