Police: Bill Gates’ Estate Staff Member Traded Child Porn

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The Medina home of Bill and Melinda Gates, where police first contacted Rick Jones about child pornography allegations. Jones, described as an engineer at the property, has been charged with child pornography offenses.
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Seattle man apprehended at Microsoft founder’s home accused of collecting 6,000+ child rape photos.

(Seattle PI) A Seattle man employed as an engineer at Bill and Melinda Gates’ home is now accused of amassing a 6,000-image child pornography collection and trading child rape photos by Gmail.

King County prosecutors say Rick Allen Jones admitted he’d been collecting child rape videos and photos for a decade before police intervened in March. According to police, Jones, 51, was first contacted by police at the Microsoft founder’s estate while working for the billionaire couple.

Jones drew investigators’ attention in late 2013 after sharing a suspicious photo through Google’s email service. According to charging papers, the photo captured the sexual exploitation of two pre-teen boys.

Investigators tracked the image to Jones’ Ballard apartment, which they searched on March 20, a Seattle Police Department detective said in court papers. Jones was not there at the time, but investigators learned he was likely working at the Medina home.

Two detectives drove to the sprawling, lakefront estate and met Jones in the estate security office, according to charging papers. They then interviewed him in a parked SUV.

Having been read his rights, Jones claimed he shared child pornography online just once but then admitted he’d been collecting it for years, the Seattle detective said in charging papers.

“Jones said that he had been collecting (child pornography) for about 10 years now and has had an interest in young boys since he himself was a teenager,” the detective told the court.

Detectives have since reviewed electronics seized from Jones’ apartment. They claim to have uncovered 6,495 images known to law enforcement to be child pornography, including 133 in which the children abused on camera have been identified by police. Among the images were photos showing the anal rape of an 8- to 10-year-old boy and a rape of an 8- to 10-year-old girl.

Senior Deputy Prosecutor Cecelia Gregson urged that Jones be barred from any contact with children. King County Superior Court Judge James Cayce granted the request and ordered Jones to stay away from all minors.

A Gates spokesperson did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday.

Jones was charged Monday with possession of child pornography in King County Superior Court. He has not been jailed and has not yet entered a plea.

 


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