November 01, 2017 10:12 PM
An 18-year-old from Plymouth is accused of sharing and trading child pornography through email and social media.
The investigation started in 2016, when Alec Cotter was only 16. Now 18, he was charged with 13 felony counts last week as an adult after investigators scoured more than 45,000 images...some showing children as young as six-years-old.
According to the BCA, such cases are on the rise.
This year, the BCA has received 1,660 tips involving illegal online activity, compared to just 1,240 in 2016. The tips involve potential suspects using platforms like Google, Twitter and Dropbox.
In Cotter's case, the criminal complaint alleges the cyber trail started with a red flag from Google on February 26 of 2016. In June of that year, officers executed a search warrant at his Plymouth home - taking laptops, thumb drives and SD cards.
The complaint goes on to allege analysis showed the use of Twitter, Snapchat and Gmail to facilitate sharing and trading with other social media users.
At least 1,000 images and videos were identified as child pornography.
Cotter is scheduled to make his first court appearance November 16.
According to his attorney, he is cooperating and will continue to cooperate as the case proceeds.
Updated: November 01, 2017 10:12 PM
Created: November 01, 2017 06:56 PM
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