The Sierra Vista Police Department arrested an Elfrida man for sexual exploitation of a minor following an investigation that stemmed from an August 23 report that he was viewing illicit photos at the Sierra Vista Public Library.
On August 23, witnesses stated that they had observed 77-year-old Richard Albright, a registered sex offender, looking at illicit photos on a library computer. A subsequent investigation by detectives from the Sierra Vista Police Department Special Operations Bureau corroborated witnesses’ statements and identified Albright as the suspect.
With the assistance of the City of Sierra Vista IT Department, detectives were able to secure digital evidence of Albright’s attempts and connections to illicit child image sites, along with other evidence of the crime.
“We have equipment that filters and logs all web traffic at the Library,” says Jeff McDaniel, senior system administrator for the City. The filter monitors and logs attempts to visit unauthorized sites.
“We make our patrons’ safety a top priority,” says Laura Wilson, leisure and library services director. “We are grateful to the patrons who reported that the public computers were being used in this way.” The tip, and SVPD’s intervention, returned the Library “to the family-friendly space it should be.”
Albright was arrested without incident around the 400 block of Bartow in Sierra Vista at 5:30 p.m. on September 5. He is currently being held without bail.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact Sierra Vista Police Department Detective Ransford at (520) 452-7500.