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Man Held On Child Porn Charge Alabama Cop Sets Up Trade; Second Case Filed This Week

Sexually explicit photographs of a 3-year-old Spokane girl were traded for pornographic videos of children in a deal set up through an on-line computer service, federal authorities say.

The case was developed by an Alabama police detective who uses a commercial computer service chat line to find pedophiles, court documents say.

Bryan F. Bluett, 30, who lived with friends at Fairchild Air Force Base, was arrested Thursday on federal charges by U.S. Customs and Postal Service inspectors and sheriff’s detectives.

The child isn’t identified in court documents, but authorities say she is safe and her parents weren’t aware that she’d been photographed.

Bluett’s arrest is the second child-porn case brought this past week in Spokane.

Bluett is charged with mailing child porn in a complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court.

He was honorably discharged from the Navy in April and has no criminal record, authorities say.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Johnson said additional charges are expected when the case is reviewed by a federal grand jury on July 9.

U.S. Magistrate Cynthia Imbrogno ordered Bluett held in jail without bond until Wednesday when a detention hearing will be held.

Johnson said she will seek to have Bluett held in jail until he stands trial on grounds he’s a flight risk or danger to the community.

Postal Inspector Michael Erdahl said Bluett was arrested Thursday afternoon after he went to the Airway Heights Post Office to pick up mail from a post office box.

The videos were sent to Bluett by the Alabama police detective, who had received three Polaroid photos of the Spokane girl and a check as payment.

Court documents allege that Bluett earlier sent the detective three computer files of photographs containing child pornography.

On Tuesday, a federal grand jury indicted Spokane appliance parts salesman John W. Brady, 48, on two counts of receipt and possession of child pornography.

Brady’s arrest is part of an investigation into the largest known commercial distributor of child pornography in U.S. history.

, DataTimes

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