GUILTY AZ - Robert Flibotte for child pornography, Payson, 2009

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  1. Missizzy

    Missizzy New Member

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    But wait!! It was a virus. It was a set up by the computer tech in cahoots with the mayor. No, it was really all Ariel, The Little Mermaid's, fault. Jeesh.

    http://www.paysonroundup.com/news/2011/jul/29/73-year-old-man-found-guilty-child-porn/

    73-year-old man found guilty of child porn
    July 29, 2011

    "After a week of testimony that exposed the secrets of a once prominent community leader, it took jurors less than a day to find Robert Thomas Flibotte, 73, guilty on 10 counts of possessing child pornography.

    The terrible fall of one of Rim Country’s most influential Realtors played out before a courtroom packed with supporters, listening in dismay to the inexorable testimony of computer experts who detailed thousands of explicit sexual images and videos of children, some as young as 3...."

    and

    "...Flibotte’s attorneys maintained his innocence to the bitter end, blaming a virus, the computer technicians who turned him in and even a dark political conspiracy involving former Payson mayor Bob Edwards...."

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    “...From all outside appearances, he appeared to be a normal man, however, he was a collector of child pornography,” said Gila County Attorney Ramai Alvarez. From floppy disks to flash drives, documents detailing how to find and hide child porn and years of Internet searches, Flibotte was an avid viewer of child porn, prosecutors said...."

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    "....His team of defense attorneys said Flibotte was a family man who was the victim of computer viruses taking over his computers. This defense wasn’t enough, however, to convince a jury...."

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    "....On his work computer at a local real estate office, a computer investigator pieced together Internet history that included visiting Web sites discussing child molestation...."

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    "....Flibotte maintained that pictures of child porn started popping up on his computer after he had searched for Ariel from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” A forensic computer examiner analyzed Flibotte’s Internet searches and concluded that the Realtor did search for Ariel, but also noted that the computer showed the use of a variety of other search terms associated with child porn before and afterward...."


    More at link (for some reason, the article ends mid-sentence)


    ETA: This article has an interesting explanation as to why only 10 counts were brought, instead of possible 100s.
     
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  3. Missizzy

    Missizzy New Member

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    A bit more info and a mug shot. I hope to high heck that the little granddaughter has been thoroughly checked out.

    http://paysondailybugle.blogspot.com/2011/07/globe-jury-finds-payson-realtor-robert.html

    Globe jury finds Payson Realtor Robert Flibotte guilty on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor

    "....Flibotte reportedly said that he had seen at least 50 images come up on his screen while he was searching the website for Disney, looking for the Disney character, Ariel, with his granddaughter. He said the images of the young girls involved in sexual acts kept popping up on his screen...."
     

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