Bothell man, 65, charged with possession of child pornography

Timothy Dale O’Brien was having some trouble last summer at his job managing finances for a large construction company. Indeed, his performance reportedly had slipped enough that his bosses decided the time had come to let him go.

On a day the company knew O’Brien wouldn’t be working, officials had information technology workers remotely access and begin transferring files from the laptop computer he’d been issued.

The company’s tech manager first noticed the data transfer was much larger than expected, Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Robert Grant said in court papers.

On closer inspection, the reason became clear, the prosecutor added. The tech manager allegedly discovered recorded web cam videos of children being subjected to sexual abuse. The victims reportedly were young enough to be in kindergarten.

O’Brien, 65, of Bothell, was charged last week in Snohomish County Superior Court with three counts of first-degree possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, or in other words, collecting child pornography.

Company officials contacted law enforcement after first gathering up the laptop, iPhone and iPad he’d been issued. They let O’Brien know what they’d found.

“O’Brien said he had no excuse for what they found,” Grant wrote in court papers.

The case was assigned to the federal Department of Homeland Security because O’Brien’s employer did business in multiple states.

Search warrants were obtained and analysis performed on the materials pulled off the digital devices O’Brien had used.

In all, investigators uncovered nearly 3,000 videos and close to 8,000 images of suspected child pornography, Grant wrote.

O’Brien in March was interviewed by federal agents. He reportedly waived his rights to remain silent and to speak with legal counsel and instead admitted seeking out and collecting child pornography.

“O’Brien stated that it was horrible and that he deserved this embarrassment,” Grant wrote.

The man went on to describe how he had “stumbled across the child pornography while looking at adult pornography and it became a fascination,” court papers said.

O’Brien has no known criminal history. He has been free on his own recognizance while the case has been investigated.

Prosecutors are asking for a court order to bar him from contact with children while the case works through the courts.

More in News

Father who kidnapped son in Bothell at gunpoint in custody

The boy was found safe at the suspect’s mother’s house.

As PSE moves away from coal, one community scrambles to build a new economy

Lewis County has long relied on the energy needs of consumers throughout the region. That’s all about to change.

Students throughout the region take part in National School Walkout, call for gun control

The March 14 demonstrations marked the one month anniversary of the Parkland school shooting.

‘School is a place to learn’

Local students speak out about gun control and school safety

102nd Avenue intersection reconstruction work continues in Bothell

An update on the Main Street Enhancement Project in Bothell.

A pro-immigrant sign at the 2018 Women’s March in Seattle. Photo by David Lee/Flickr
Can immigration issues be fixed at the county level?

King County establishes new commission to support immigrant and refugee communities.

Afghanistan refugee shares how Friends of Youth gave him hope at Bellevue event

Hundreds celebrate youth at annual Friends of Youth luncheon.

Owner of Tacos Guaymas restaurants charged with felony theft

Salvador Sahagun is accused of using software to avoid paying $5.6 million in taxes.

Most Read