Google Alerts Law Enforcement of Texas Sex Offender Storing Child Pornography On Gmail Account

Google Catches Man With Child Pornography On Gmail Account

Google recently assisted in the arrest of a criminal who had explicit images of a young girl in his Gmail account. The company worked in tandem with national advocacy and law enforcement agencies.

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While there has been a great deal of concern that Google and other sites monitoring emails, this is an instance where suspect methods have done the job for the better. Google has stated that its systems search user content—photos, email, blogs, Google+, etc—for advertising purposes as well as “customized search results.”

In speaking with a CBS affiliate, Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce detective David Nettles said that Skillern was “trying to get around getting caught, he was trying to keep it inside his email. I can’t see that information, I can’t see that photo, but Google can.”

The illegal content was identified in a Gmail account by the company’s automated search. Google forwards the information to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. An official investigation followed and resulted in the man being arrested. The man who sent the explicit images has been identified as John Henry Skillern of Houston, Texas.

During their investigation, police found pictures and videos on Skillern’s tablet and smartphone. There were also messages about an interest in underage children. Prior to his arrest, Skillern was arrested in 1994 for sexual assault on an 8-year old boy.

Currently Skillern is being held on $200,000 bond and has been charged with one count of possession of child pornography and one count of promotion of child pornography.

The suspect has been charged with one count of possession of child pornography and one count of promotion of child pornography. He is being held on $200,000 bail, says the station.


Starting with Kabir News in 2013, James has focused on tech, gaming, and entertainment. When not writing, he enjoys catching up on sci-fi and horror shows and comics. He can be followed on Twitter @MetalSwift.

One Comment

  1. John Walsh says:

    Did you see the video of John Walsh and Nancy Grace? It shows them talking about fear and paranoia. They laughed at the epidemic of paranoid parents and how easy they are to manipulate. “We are the masters at spreading fear and growing government.”

    We need to identify the people vulnerable to this fear propaganda and hold them accountable to the size of government and loss of liberty in the future. Exploiting terrorism and children to empower government and media is NOT acceptable. What party will promote fear the most in 2016?

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