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Bertram police charge 19-year-old in child porn case

RICHARD JAMES UPTON

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR

BERTRAM — Bertram Police Chief Douglas Wall could only describe the images investigators allegedly found on a 19-year-old man’s computer and other devices one way.

“It’s some of the worse things you’ve ever seen in your life,” Wall said.

On Jan. 16, Bertram officers arrested Richard James Upton and charged him with possession of child pornography. Wall said he and his officers began investigating Upton after a tip passed on by the Texas Attorney General’s Cybercrime Unit.

The unit informed Wall they suspected somebody in Bertram was uploading child pornography on the Internet. Bertram police obtained a search warrant with the help of the Burnet County District Attorney’s Office and Texas Attorney General’s Office for the Internet Protocol (IP) address and confirmed it was located in Bertram.

With that information, Wall said he and his officers continued the investigation, which led to the seizure of six devices, including a computer, hard drives and flash drives, from the suspect’s residence.

At this time, investigators don’t believe the suspect was creating pornography but taking already created photos and videos and uploading them onto the Internet.

“He was uploading the child porn into something called ‘Dropbox,’” the chief said. “It’s a cloud-based service. He was uploading these images into the cloud. If you were a member of his Dropbox, you could view these images through his portal.”

The attorney general’s unit learned of the possible child porn after one of the Internet-based companies passed on the tip to them, the Bertram chief said.

Wall described the photos and videos as “stock,” possibly from European or overseas countries. The victims ranged between six months and 17 years of age.

The chief said he and his officers are checking on a couple of Skype videos and trying to identify the individuals in it. He added they believe the individuals in it are from North Texas.

Wall said he couldn’t elaborate if he and his officers were investigating any other suspects but said the investigation is still under way.

Officers arrested Upton on Jan. 16 at a Georgetown rehabilitation center and booked him into the Burnet County Jail, where he is being held in lieu of a $150,000 bond.

Reporter Connie Swinney contributed to this report.

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