Teen may face charges after alleged Facebook porn pictures

Friday , October 25, 2013 - 6:51 PM

Bubba Brown, Standard-Examiner Staff

KAYSVILLE — An 18-year-old man may be facing charges after allegedly sending unsolicited pornographic pictures over Facebook.

Police earlier this month received complaints that Bryson Steven Ward had sent the photos to an 18-year-old woman, a 17-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl, using various Facebook screen names, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The accusers told police they suspected it was Ward who had sent the photos because previous Facebook chats he had with them were “similar in nature” to the ones sent from the screen names, according to the affidavit.

Officers used an “investigative” Facebook account to add one of Ward’s alleged screen names, “Alex Alex,” as a friend, according to the affidavit. After a Facebook conversation led Ward to friending an undercover officer on Snapchat, Ward sent a photo of himself to the officer, who identified the photo as Ward.

Ward later admitted to police to sending the photos to the girls, as well as to having a pornography addiction, according to the affidavit.

Police arrested Ward on Thursday and booked him into Davis County Jail on three counts each of suspicion of dealing harmful material to a minor and suspicion of distribution of pornography.

Kaysville Police Lt. Paul Thompson said police are still investigating to find if there are any other similar incidents involving Ward.

Contact reporter Bubba Brown at 801-625-4221 or bbrown@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @BubbaBrownSE.

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