Man Arrested Watching Child Porn at Cabell Co. Public Library

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man from Huntington was arrested after investigators caught him viewing child porn at the Cabell County Public Library.

Police arrested Raymond Dale Roe, 64, Thursday afternoon.

They said they'd gotten a tip he was viewing the images Wednesday and was back doing it again Thursday.

Huntington Police said this case proves no matter what device or computer you use to commit a crime, even in a public place, you're not anonymous.

People who frequent the Cabell County Public Library are stunned a man could use a computer there to view underage girls in pornography.

"It really surprised me that the computers allowed him to get into that stuff," said one patron.

But Huntington Police said Roe did just that at least twice this week.

"This type of activity is a concern. Statistics show that individuals who view child pornography have a very, very, very high propensity to be hands-on offenders," said Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli.

Library administrators said it wasn't clear what Roe was doing, but he'd turned his monitor out of view.

"I'm surprised that it hasn't happened here yet, it's happened at several libraries across the state," said Angie Strait, assistant director at the Cabell County Public Library.

Strait said it's tough to monitor what people do online, even with filtering systems.

She said those typically only catch words or websites.

"A picture however, if it's titled with numbers, or random letters, or something along those lines, it doesn't necessarily get caught in the filter," Strait said.

She said the computers are public and users must sign in.

Strait told WSAZ after each session, all history is erased, but that doesn't mean it's entirely gone.

"They monitor IP addresses, things like that, at the state level," she said.

In this case, she said their monitors and filtering software flagged Roe's activity and stopped him from doing it any more.

Librarians said state privacy laws make it difficult to monitor what patrons are doing on the computers.

They said if they get a complaint about a patron's activity, they will check into it and, if warranted, ask the user to stop or leave.

Strait also said the filtering software many libraries use could certainly be improved.

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