2016-02-10 / Front Page

Geek Squad Helps Put Pervert Behind Bars: DA

By Liz Goff
An East Elmhurst man is facing up to three years in prison after pleading guilty on February 3, to storing nearly 300 sexual images of underage girls in his computer hard drive, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Brown said a member of the Geek Squad at a Long Island City Best Buy store found more than a technical glitch when he booted up a laptop dropped off for repair by 63-yar-old Michael Murray.

The in-store tech was shocked to see a series of explicit child pornography images on the screen saver, including “young girls posing provocatively or engaging in sexual activity with adult men,” Queens prosecutors said.

Murray brought the laptop to the store on Northern Boulevard on March 26, 2014 for repair by Best Buy’s famed “Geek Squad” technicians, Brown said. A technician discovered the sordid images and alerted his supervisor, who called police.

When police went to Murray’s East Elmhurst home to arrest him on April 1, 2014, he admitted the material was his and confessed to exchanging explicit pictures online for about five years, Brown said.

Some of the photos showed underage girls engaged in sex with adult men, Brown said.

 “These photographs depict real children who will no doubt be emotionally and physically scarred for the rest of their lives,” Brown said.

Murray was charged with 15 counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child and was facing four years in prison before he accepted a plea deal from prosecutors. Under the deal, he will receive one-to-three-years in prison when he is sentenced on March 22, Brown said.

“The defendant has now admitted to having vile, disturbing images of children on his computer’s hard drive,” Brown said. “These photographs depict real children who have been sexually abused.” 

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