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William StevenBaltimore, MD – Police have arrested 67-year-old William Steven Albaugh, a deacon for Baltimore’s St. Joseph’s Church, after Verizon found he was storing child porn on their servers.

Detectives first became aware of Albaugh after Verizon Online notified the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that that Albaugh, a subscriber to their Verizon Online Backup and Sharing, was storing child porn on their online cloud storage system.

Albaugh was arrested on March 1st, and admitted he had been viewing child porn since the ’70s but that he would never harm a child. Police would discover child porn on both his Verizon account and on a flash drive, and would seize two PCs and an iPad.

Police do not feel any of the images they found depict children from St. Joseph’s, its school, or the Fullerton community. The Archdiocese of Baltimore released a statement  stating they have never received any prior allegations against Albaugh, who was ordained in 1996.

Albaugh was charged with possessing child pornography and has since been released on $75,000 bond as the investigation continues.

While any story concerning child pornography is concerning, I also find it a bit concerning that Verizon is checking out the files their customer’s are backing up. As a poster stated over at ArsTechnica, we all know child porn is bad, but what other user data is Verizon checking out?

Verizon’s service agreement does stat that it is “required by law to report any facts or circumstances reported to us or that we discover from which it appears there may be a violation of the child pornography laws.” regarding that underlined portion, does anyone know how they “discover” illegal images or files?

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