Child porn suspect attempts to destroy evidence by stabbing computer

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A man suspected of downloading hundreds of images of child pornography attempted to elude police and destroy evidence by using a samurai sword on his computer.

The incident took place in Palm Coast, Florida this week. Police had received evidence that the man had been downloading child porn. They obtained a search warrant and visited the man’s home. While there, things got very strange for police.

According to news reports, as the police arrived the suspect drew a large samurai sword and proceeded to attach his own computer. He actually succeeded in driving the point of the sword through the CPU of his computer. Apparently, according to police, he hoped that by doing so he would be able to destroy evidence of his downloading activities.

The FBI, however, has said that his attempt to destroy the evidence was far from successful. Computer forensic experts were able to remove the hard drive from the computer and use their various techniques to find hundreds of images of child pornography on the computer. The suspect has been arrested.

The suspect reportedly told police that he did have an attraction to teenage girls. Furthermore, he admitted to police that he “might have” downloaded images and videos that featured sex acts with girls who were under the age of 13.

Now the suspect is in custody and faces charges of downloading images of child pornography over the internet. That sentence carries a minimum of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 20 years. So far there is no word about charges related to wielding the samurai sword while law enforcement officials were present.

Samurai swords are typically paired with images of ancient Japanese warriors. They were typically long swords with a curved blade and they were wielded with two hands. Samurai warriors were famous for training extensively in the use of samurai swords and believed that the swords were an extension of their own bodies.

As for owning samurai swords, most states ban the sale and transport of sharpened swords. Of course, that means that many dealers sell the swords, but their edges and tips have been dulled. This generally does little to stop sword collectors from them sharpening the blades on their own. There are also a number of ways for sword collectors to get already-sharpened swords online, although that is illegal and generally carries significant penalties.

No word, so far, on whether or not the suspect in this case had a sharpened sword or if he had obtained the sword he used illegally.

Photo of samurai sword courtesy of Wikipedia archives.

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