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WSP statement on Chism's exoneration in child porn case

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SPOKANE, Wash. -  The Washington State Patrol issued a statement Tuesday evening regarding their investigation which found no evidence that Spokane firefighter Todd Chism ever downloaded child pornography on his home or work computers.

The 41-year-old Spokane City Fire Lieutenant was arrested January 29th for possession of child pornography. Washington State Patrol detectives made the arrest and searched the Chisms' Stevens County home, seizing their computer among other evidence.

KHQ&A Discussion

Was Chism treated fairly?  Or was he unfairly persecuted?

The Washington State Patrol said they were unable to identify where the child porn purchased with Chism's credit card was downloaded to and who downloaded it.

They also acknowledged that child pornography cases are not "black and white," and believe they conducted the investigation properly characterizing it as "an unfortunate chain of events." 

WSP Statement:

"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.

Also on KHQ.com

- Raw Video: WSP on investigation
- Original Press Release naming Chism
-  Chism Family Website

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."

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