Juneau man indicted for possessing, distributing child porn

A 41-year-old Juneau man has been indicted for possessing and distributing child pornography on his home computer.

A grand jury on Friday charged Jeremy S. Deach with a total of 30 felony counts of possession and distribution for downloading the digital images and making them available to others in August and October of 2013.

Court records show Deach pled not guilty during an arraignment in Juneau Superior Court on Monday. He is being held in custody on a $25,000 cash performance bond.

Prosecutors say investigators with the Alaska Bureau of Investigation found that Deach was sharing the pictures and videos on a peer-to-peer file sharing network, which allows people to trade images and videos between their computers.

Investigators traced the suspect computer’s IP address to Deach, and Juneau Police Department officers contacted him at his residence in late October. Police said Deach admitted to downloading the images and videos on his computer and confessed to having at least one “collection” that contained roughly 600 images and/or videos depicting child pornography, the affidavit alleges.

“Deach explained to (JPD) Detective (Shawn) Phelps that among the reasons he downloaded the images was because he was “curious”,” Assistant District Attorney Angie Kemp wrote.

Deach is tentatively slated to stand trial in February. He is represented by Assistant Public Defender Grace Lee.

There have been less than five similar cases in Juneau in the past three years, Marika Athens, the statewide cyber crimes prosecutor with the Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals, previously told the Empire.

One such case is that against Nicholas V. Miller, a 39-year-old man who was indicted in Juneau earlier this year on 14 possession and distribution charges.

He is slated to stand trial next month.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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