A Farmington man who was previously convicted for possession of child pornography and sentenced in March for violating federal parole was charged again when authorities allegedly found 613 images depicting sexual abuse of children on his laptop.
Joshua Paul Myers, 37, of National Pike was charged Thursday with 613 counts each of possessing images of sexual abuse of children and criminal use of a communication facility following a lengthy investigation.
According to the affidavit of probable cause filed in his case, a man who previously lived with Myers told police in January he found images of child pornography on Myers’ work laptop, along with a coded message that included descriptions of “fantasized sexual acts with children.” The man was also being harassed by a relative of Myers, police said.
Police executed a search warrant at Myers’ home Jan. 3, but were unable to locate evidence. Myers denied possessing or viewing child pornography. He claimed his laptop was stolen by the man who gave police the tip and a third man who previously lived with them, according to court documents.
State police interviewed him again the next day. He reportedly said he had not been truthful. He said he knew the men saw the images and put the laptop in a relative’s house. He brought the laptop with him to the interview and reportedly admitted to using the laptop to view child pornography.
Myers was arrested by the FBI in June 2011 and later convicted of charges related to child pornography. He remained on federal probation for the charges in January. He was sentenced in U.S. District Court to five years in prison for the parole violation.