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Google Helps Make Houston Child Porn Arrest

Updated: Monday, August 4 2014, 04:44 PM CDT

(KHOU) Detectives say he worked at a Denny's in Pasadena and took videos of children dining at the restaurant. He was only caught after Google tipped off police that he was sending pictures online.

John Skillern was convicted of sexually assaulting a child 20 years ago. Now police say technology unthinkable back then caught the sex offender preying on kids, again.

Detective David Nettles, with the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, says Skillern used his Google account to email a friend three explicit pictures of a young girl.  Google's software detected the pictures and they turned him in.

Thanks to the tip investigators say they got a warrant which led them to find the child porn on Skillern's tablet and cellphone. They also found texts and e-mails about his sexual interest in children.

Although the sex offender registry says he lives at a Houston apartment, police say he spends the most time at his parent's home on Hickory Lane in Pasadena.

Skillern is charged with both promotion and possession of child pornography.

By Tim Wetzel

Google Helps Make Houston Child Porn Arrest


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