Michael Surgeon Had So Much Kiddie Porn on His Computer That it Crashed

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Michael Surgeon claims he collects kiddie porn so he can report it to authorities.
Mesa resident Michael Jared Surgeon had so much kiddie porn on his computer that it caused his hard drive to crash. Apparently not caring that his computer was jam-packed with kiddy porn, he took it to a computer-repair shop -- and that's why he's currently facing 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, on June 7, 2010, Surgeon brought his computer to the Data Doctors store in Tempe after its hard drive crashed.

Technicians at the store diagnosed the problem rather quickly: Surgeon had over 1,000 images and videos of kiddy porn stored on the hard drive.

Some of the titles of the videos and images include "4-Year-Old Girl Mafiasex," "Children Kids Hard," "4-year-old Jackoff Dad," and "Little Girl Rape Sex."

The technicians at Data Doctors contacted Tempe police, who got a warrant to search the computer and confirmed that the images were child pornography, much of which apparently is pretty popular among pederasts -- many of the videos and images found on Surgeon's computer were the same as those flagged by authorities during other kiddie porn investigations.

Surgeon wasn't contacted by police until August 20, at which point he was Mirandized but still spoke to detectives.

Surgeon offered authorities a pretty interesting yarn: according to him, he found the kiddie porn online using the file-sharing program Limewire. He claims he collected the porn so he could report it to the Internet provider using an anonymous e-mail service. He claims he kept the images just in case the Internet provider had any further questions -- despite claiming to report the porn anonymously.

Over a 24-month period, Surgeon estimates that he downloaded well-over 1,000 images and videos of kiddie porn.

Surgeon was arrested on Wednesday at Tempe St. Luke's Hospital. He's being held on $28,000 bail. His next court date is scheduled for September 28.

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Kelly
Kelly

I went to school with this guy.  I know his home life was not good. I also know that he portrayed himself as a higher up in the military and I thought it had something to do with security and computers. I also know that he served our country and was wounded from that.  None of this justifies anything.  When I saw this, I was sick to my stomach, as we have spoken of FB several times in the past year.  I do think there is information missing on what is being put out there and what actually happened. One thing I do know is, he is a smart guy.  How in the hell did this crazy ness happen. Breaks my heart and makes me sick at the same time

guest
guest

I wonder if he ever got his computer fixed

obloodyhell
obloodyhell

This week, on America's Dumbest Pedophiles...

An Arizona man attempts to justify possessing images which it's illegal to possess, for the purpose of turning it over to authorities....

In related news, a man found with 400 pounds of bagged cocaine in his trunk claims he was merely transporting it to the police station after he found it by the side of the road...

sconosciuto
sconosciuto

well, that tale did work for Pete Townshend in the UK.

But, he was Pete fucking Townshend, and it happened in the UK.

Thank goodness child-molester wannabes are so fricking stupid that they think they are anonymous on the web, and never stop to think that the computer you're downloading that kiddie porn from could well be a police-owned server.

Rick
Rick

The thinking behind the prosecution of possession of Child Pornography is that the children in the pictures or videos were abused in the process of taking the pictures.  It is believed that if it is persecuted vigorously that the market of child porn would dry up.  Also, that idea that people who possess child porn don't molest children is false.  Everyone of my sex offender counseling clients had a large child porn collection at the time of their arrest. 

video projectors
video projectors

Personally, I prefer the term "child pornography" because "kiddie porn" makes me think of kitties, which distracts me from the real issue at hand.

Spencer Kovacevich
Spencer Kovacevich

Well of course his hard drive crashed...who the hell still uses limewire? Dumb Idiot.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Why is this in the category "when good porn goes bad?" Was the child pornography good until it caused a crash or something? Was it, like, high-budget or something?

Swift2
Swift2

I think people like this guy should be fully investigated, and I'll bend my usual 1st Amendment absolutism to allow people to pick up this guy and put him away for a long time. But what has he done in real life? If you put someone like this away for life, what do you do to people who physically molest? I always feel cautious when people want to dehumanize the criminal and picture them as Satan himself. I know there's no way to effectively treat these guys yet, but I think they are suffering from a mental disease that is as mysterious to us as schizophrenia used to be. It may be, eventually, that we will find a gene responsible, and if we change the gene, these fantasies disappear. Or whatever. 

We have to treat child molesters and kiddy perverts very severely. Once he's begun to collect pictures, is the next step to act? The burden of proof becomes very high if you talk about "rehabilitation." I'm open to surgery if it did what people think, but it doesn't. It's sheer, barbaric revenge. Afterwards, they still want to, and do. A life of treatment and finding research for a cure? Is it addiction?

A man like this is totally uncivilized and dangerous. But they know if they get caught they will go to prison and possibly be killed by the other inmates. Yet they do it. That's a powerful obsession. 

We once thought that schizophrenics were possessed by the devil and we got rid of them, one way or another. Saying somebody is pure evil and having ritual revenge fantasies about them? 

wakboo
wakboo

Hmm, dude was smart enough to use anonymous email but not smart enough to encrypt his porn folder? Makes no sense to me dude.

online-privacy.de.tc

Andrew
Andrew

I'm certainly not any sort of child pornography supporter, but this story doesn't make technical sense.  How does having 1,000 files stored on your hard drive cause it to crash?  Hard disks are designed to store thousands of files without problems.  The computer doesn't know anything about the content of the files.  Sounds like he had some other problem with his computer but this reporter and/or the technician have tried to add more sensation the story by implying that an arbitrary amount of porn can "crash" a computer.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

I heard the crash was caused by an unknown "sticky substance" gumming up the hard drive.

Personally, I think amputation of his "hard drive" would be appropriate.

Vince
Vince

Exactly right. While the machine could run slower under certain, rarely occurring circumstances, it wouldn't "crash" per se. He had a problem with his machine, he took it in for servicing, it had child porn on it and he got caught. The rest is nothing but the author trying to make the story more amazing.

Pheistewon
Pheistewon

A hard drive can crash when the virtual memory is used. Virtual memory is an allocated amount of space on a hard drive that is used when the RAM is full. If the hard drive gets completely full, and the RAM is full from the CPU, the computer can completely freeze up and fail to start up. The only way to remedy this is to clear off some space on the hard drive using another computer. This is why Windows will often warn you when you are getting close to filling up the hard drive.

Guest
Guest

Uh unless he was a tech person do u really think he'd know how to turn off the pagefile? if he didnt then it doesnt matter if he filled the extra space after the pagefile because the pagefile is allocated when windows is installed so no, it didnt crash because of the porn. Also sick sick guy but i still think the reporter is sensationalising the story.

Mistalee
Mistalee

You missed some fun, James -

The alternative headline is "Surgeon arrested for child porn at St. Lukes Hospital." Think of the calls you would get from the hospital brass.

yodabama
yodabama

  What a waste of a life he spends 40 years breathing air as a free man only to be brought low by pictures of children.  Pictures that should never have been collected (should NOT exist for that matter).  That would be stupid mistake number one.  Numero Dos is taking the computer to a repair shop knowing the pictures and videos areon it.    This is a case of manifest destiny.  The man has repressed thoughts about sexual encounters with child but does not have the nerve to initiate contact (that is a good thing).  So he collects pictures of naked children (that is a bad thing), His obsession is so great that he filled the hard drive with so much that it crashed his drive. The man is destined to spend the rest of his life in prison and it is a destiny that manifested itself from his actions alone....  .   

Alex1619
Alex1619

Is it true that in this state if a person gets arrested for childporn that the will do more time then rapists and murderers? Sounds like a stupid question but someone else told me that if I send a private pic of myself to a chick that that child could end up doing life in prison? Anyone know if theres any truth to this?

Youngins are human too
Youngins are human too

Alex,Do not listen to the morons in this city. No one will do "life" in prison for communicating carnal photography. Arizona statutes denote the division line between that type of activity among folks under 18 years of age to be 15. Over age 15 is a class VI (6) felony - 1 year in prison and under age 15 is a class II (2) felony - 5 years in prison. Either way it is still a felony. Either way, you are both children.In the dinosaur days we played "You show me yours and I'll show you mine" when no one was around. No evidence left to be prosecuted against you.My best advice to you is you and your girl exchange photos personally and DO NOT do it digitally by way of some stupid camera phone.Personal acceptance of carnal images removes the potential for a stalking allegation if the authorities ever found out and wanted to make a big stink out of it.

You are both youngsters and both interested in each other. That does not make you criminals... it makes you human.Best wishes to you both.Steve Tracy

vinceclortho1
vinceclortho1

Yes, that is true.  Read the Arizona Supreme Court's opinion in State v. Berger: 212 Ariz. 473; 134 P.3d 378

Berger got 200 years for 20 child porn images.  More than he would have got for molesting 20 children

Highlandhawk
Highlandhawk

So your saying that its more serious to have someone sext u a few pics then to rape a kid??????? Um what fucking retard wrote that law????

Alex1619
Alex1619

Crazy ass mormons ...thats who

Alex1619
Alex1619

Ughh I ment to say CHICK not CHILD (im 16 and the girl is 15 almost 16)

Hangman
Hangman

The U.S. Penal system should not only incarcerate all these pedos but place them in a safari like tour in Africa where they are placed strategically in a pack of juvenile and hungry lions whom they can fondle with for as long as they want while the mama and papa lions watch. Then broadcast it in You Tube titled: " Lions vs Pedophiles"

Note: if they are able to tame the youngsters...at least the parents will take the role of law-enforcer.

My name is the Hangman.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Do you fantasize about this kind of stuff a lot?  It seems to be your own brand of snuff porn, and that shit is pretty sickening, too.

Hangman
Hangman

Hey, man...don't get too defensive. But I figure...a million hits gets the job done. It will make for a cause albeit an offensive one. And yeah, YouTubes...or any tubes...people who wants a simple medium will believe in it and would probably love to see it. Or even tempted to just browse a little bit on it. That's the merit in that. Although in reality that won't ever happen...because that's stone age civility. By the way, even if you are a fucking astronaut...that doesn't mean you can be exclusively chosen to land on a moon...there are tighter prerequisites...even for astronauts/cosmonauts.

Hangman

Freedomfighter
Freedomfighter

No hangman , your confusing people who watch something wierd or disturbing with people who actually molest children. Go look up the definition of a pedophile you retard, this aint it, anymore then someone who watches movies where people get murdered is a murderer them self for having viewed it. I saw a video of the moon landing, does that make me a fucking astronaut?????

Hangman
Hangman

 I just contradicted myself...why should we hose them down. I meant to say, just let them marinate with mud and heat and partially warm when they are eaten alive. Once the lions start to pounce...then YouTube pull the plug quickly (as if some digital interference of sort) and we all pretend (speculate) they made it alive...only to run into the crocodiles on the next scene.

My real name is the Hangman

Hangman
Hangman

I am disgusted even to see the news of these scum of earth; they don't deserve the merit of the Constitutional rights. The should all be thrown simultaneously in a quicksand but when they are about to run out of breath, pull them up quickly and hose them down. Once they are marinated with mud; let them run wildly onto the packs of hungry lions so they will taste better as "mud pie".

Rick
Rick

Currently, you could be prosecuted to sending child porn.  She would only be in trouble if she sent it onto others.  You would end up with a lifelong sex offender designation.  I don't know if it would be worth it, myself.

Rick
Rick

Excuse me, "for sending child porn".  My computer can't spell.

bigriggs
bigriggs

A couple of whacks with a bat to his head would put a smile on my face.

randy
randy

he'll be taking a bat elsewhere  you can count on that

Eleanor
Eleanor

Good....now maybe his hard drive is crashed. 

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