Police investigating missing person find child porn on man’s phone

File photo, St. George News

ST. GEORGE A Washington City man was arrested this week for possessing child pornography.

Anthony W. Tarchick, of Washington City, Utah, booking photo, Dec. 9, 2018 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Anthony W. Tarchick, 28, faces three second-degree felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor stemming from the material discovered on his cell phone, according to court records. The phone was taken by the Washington City Police with his consent during a missing person investigation and was put through a digital forensics analysis.

The missing persons case has since been resolved, Washington City Police Lt. Jason Williams told St. George News Wednesday, and is not related to the sexual exploitation charges.

As a result of the forensics analysis, investigators discovered 15 images of child pornography involving children believed to be between 5-8 years old, according to court documents.

Tarchick was arrested Sunday and booked into the Purgatory Correctional Facility without incident.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

Email: mkessler@stgnews.com

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3 Comments

  • Alisa December 12, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    I am so happy that you post stories like this one. Because it helps us to protect our children. But I hate that there are stories like this one. 😢

  • stevenxfiles December 12, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    Victims as young as 5-8 years old? No, this creep does not belong outside in general society. He needs to be put away forever.

  • Comment December 12, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    Is it still under investigation as far as if he’s the one took the photographs?

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