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Computer Company Reports Customer After Discovering He Produced Child Porn

| by Jonathan Wolfe

Audio engineer James Rivers, 57, has been arrested and charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. Rivers was reported to the FBI after multiple videos were found on his computer depicting nude underage girls taking showers and baths. Rivers is seen on the videos placing hidden cameras in a bathroom to film the girls.

Rivers was reported to authorities by a Cleveland-based computer company that he hired to wipe the videos from his computer, KIRO-TV reports. Rivers told employees at the company he feared his wife would divorce him if she found the pornography on his computer. He told the employees not to view the videos under any circumstances, but they did anyway. When they saw the two videos showing nude minors, they called the FBI immediately.

Police documents say Rivers is seen on both videos carefully placing cameras inside bathroom objects. In one video, a recording device is placed inside a tissue box. Police say both cameras were specifically set up to record the genital and breast areas of the bathing minors.

Rivers confessed to Kent, Washington, police officers that he made the videos, Seattle Pi reports. He also confessed to sexually assaulting a minor in the past, but says he was “on medication and drunk on wine” when the assault happened.

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Rivers was arrested at a music studio last Thursday and charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, more commonly referred to as production of child pornography. He was released the next day after posting $300,000 bond.

In his career as a sound engineer, Rivers has worked with iconic rock bands like Bad Company, Whitesnake and Queensryche. 

Sources: Seattle Pi, KIRO-TV