Friday, October 13, 2017

Boeing employee arrested after allegedly using company equipment to transfer child porn

North Charleston man faces 10 counts of sexual exploitation of minor

Posted by Dustin Waters on Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 12:06 PM

Pitak Ot Eachus, 47, of North Charleston - AL CANNON DETENTION CENTER
  • Al Cannon Detention Center
  • Pitak Ot Eachus, 47, of North Charleston
A 47-year-old North Charleston man faces 10 charges of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor after allegedly using company equipment to transfer child pornography.

On Aug. 7, a detective with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office was notified by Boeing that several digital files containing “depictions of minors engaged in sexual activity” were located on external storage devices belonging to employee Pitak Ot Eachus, according to an arrest affidavit. The affidavit goes on to state that Eachus confessed to his employer that he had used computer equipment owned by the company and assigned exclusively to him to transfer files among his personally owned external storage devices while he was working at Boeing’s North Charleston facility.

According to the affidavit, Eachus “voluntarily surrendered the external storage devices to his employer,” which were then handed over to the Sheriff’s Office. Detailed descriptions of the dozens of photos and videos allegedly found on these devices include depictions of more than 40 children that appear to vary in age from six to 16 years old.

Descriptions accompanying the photos include terms like “for the first time” and “romantic mouse,” according to arrest affidavits, which go on to explain that “Siberian Mouse” is used to describe a known series of photos that depict a child in a state of sexually explicit nudity and is often traded online as child pornography. A video found on one of the devices allegedly shows two children striking each other with a belt, while another series of photos depicts two of the children as siblings engaged in sexually explicit activity.

According to the Al Cannon Detention Center website, Eachus was booked on the afternoon of Oct. 12. Charleston County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Eric Watson says that Eachus’ bond hearing is scheduled Friday afternoon at 2 p.m.

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