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Ketchikan councilman charged with possessing child pornography

Posted: November 8, 2011 - 12:03am

KETCHIKAN — A city councilman in a Southeast Alaska town has been arrested and charged with possessing child pornography.

Jack Shay was arrested Friday night and is facing 10 felony counts, the Ketchikan Daily News reported.

Shay, who is 80, is a longtime member of the Ketchikan community. He is a former state official and former mayor of both the city and Ketchikan Gateway Borough.

Shay declined to comment Monday when contacted by phone by The Associated Press.

“Forgive me, but that’s the way it is,” he said.

Shay’s attorney, Dennis McCarty, did not immediately respond to a request by the AP for a comment.

Police said they went to a computer repair shop Friday afternoon after employees reported that they had found images of child pornography on a computer that had been brought in for repairs. The business, required by law to report the find, identified Shay as the customer.

He was arraigned Saturday morning and pleaded innocent. He was released on $30,000 bail.

Acting Police Chief Josh Dossett said Shay dropped off the computer and a printer at the shop, saying there was a problem with both.

“When the tech guy hooked up both together, the printer immediately started printing pictures that appeared to have been queued up on the computer already,” Dossett said, and those images allegedly depicted child pornography.

Police obtained a search warrant for Shay’s home and served the warrant Friday evening.

“Numerous printed images of prepubescent children involved in sexual acts were found and subsequently seized,” police said.

Shay was arrested at his home less than 30 minutes after he had finished performing a small role in a fall musical at Ketchikan High School auditorium. After being released on bail, Shay also performed Saturday night.

Ketchikan Mayor Lew Williams III said he was shocked at the allegations.

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