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 Man Arrested for Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography 

  

12/2/2013
Police Department

Subject: Man Arrested for Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography

APD Case:  13-39989

On November 26, 2013 the Anchorage Police Department arrested 57 year old Ronald Paul Rathbun, Sr., for 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography and 1 count of Distribution of Child Pornography. Bail was set at $15,000 cash corporate and a court approved third party. 

This investigation began in the summer of 2013.  An investigator with the Alaska State Troopers High Tech Crimes Unit, which is part of the Alaska Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (Alaska ICAC Task Force), was working in an undercover capacity and received illicit images depicting the sexual exploitation of children.  When it was determined that the suspect was based in Anchorage, the investigation was turned over to the Anchorage Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit. The Anchorage Police Department is the lead agency for the Alaska ICAC Task Force. The case was subsequently assigned to Detective James Estes, a member of the Cyber Crimes Unit and Task Force. 

During the course of the investigation, Detective Estes received additional files from Rathbun, depicting the sexual exploitation of children.  The investigation revealed that the images he had received were coming from an address on Island Drive in East Anchorage. A search warrant was obtained and served on the residence on November 26, 2013.  During execution of the search warrant, computers and digital media were seized and later examined at the Cyber Crimes forensic lab. Based upon interviews conducted that night and items found at the residence, Ronald Paul Rathbun, Sr. was arrested and remanded to the Anchorage Correctional Facility.

This is an ongoing investigation. Ronald Paul Rathbun, Sr. is a minister in Anchorage with access to children.  Detectives are concerned that there may be additional victims of child sexual exploitation in the community. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Anchorage Police Department at 786-8500.  

The Alaska Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is made up of Local, State, and Federal Agencies who develop effective responses to cyber enticement and child sexual exploitation cases.  This support encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, prevention and community education.

Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation of criminal wrongdoing.  All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty by a court of law. 

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