King County Prosecutors Wednesday filed child pornography charges against a 41-year-old Renton man who had worked for the safety of the Seattle Seahawks for the past 10 years.
Aaron Miyasato, aged 41, faced two first degree charges, one for distributing pictures of child exploitation and one for possession of the pictures.
Possible causes Documents said detectives discovered on Friday that Miyasato – whom they had been investigating since December 2020 – was a security officer for the Seahawks. According to Miyasato’s LinkedIn profile, he was a security manager.
“We are aware of the situation and have informed the league of his arrest in accordance with the NFL personal conduct policy. This person is no longer employed by our organization,” said a statement from the Seahawks received from Seattle PI.
Seattle Police Department began investigating Miyasato on December 21, just over a month after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received notice that a Dropbox user, “Aaron Miyasato,” uploaded four pictures of children who have been sexually exploited.
During the investigation, Dropbox Detectives provided files that Miyasato allegedly uploaded. They contained explicit videos of children being sexually exploited. Days before they arrested him, detectives were given over 16,000 files containing videos and pictures of exploited children linked to Miyasato’s account. He told detectives that he had about 25,000 files.
After receiving an arrest warrant on Monday, members of the Seattle Police Department SWAT and other officers arrested him at his home in Renton at around 5 a.m. on Tuesday.
“This indictment marks the first internet crime against children filed by the King County Attorney’s Office this year, and it follows an unusually high number of cases filed in 2020,” said Casey McNerthney, a prosecutor’s spokesman for King County.
As of December 10, 2020, the office filed 64 cases relating to internet crimes against children. In 2019, the office filed 48 cases.
Miyasato was arrested Tuesday and therefore didn’t make a first appearance on Wednesday when charges were brought, McNerthney said. His indictment was scheduled for January 21, and he was held on bail of $ 50,000.