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Sex offender accused of taking photos of young girls at Federal Way Costco

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on June 21, 2012 at 5:14 pm with 14 Comments »
June 21, 2012 5:14 pm

A convicted sex offender suspected of surreptitiously taking photographs of young girls at the Federal Way store where he works was arrested today, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Gregory Sean O’Neall, 51, of Des Moines, made his first court appearance today after being taken into custody by U.S. Immigrations and Custom Enforcement agents.

O’Neall’s postings on an online file sharing sight grabbed the attention of agents, who said he was distributing online child pornography.

During a chat with an undercover agent, O’Neall allegedly discussed several of the pictures.

More than 100 photos were discovered online that O’Neall is believed to have taken of girls shopping with their families at stores, including the Federal Way Costco where O’Neall worked.

Parents who believe their children may have been victimized are asked to call ICE’s voicemail hotline at 206-442-1638.

If convicted, O’Neall could face a minimum of 15 years in prison.

Leave a comment Comments → 14
  1. This guy should be put to death. Anyone willing to defend a sex offender, please respond.

  2. Euthenasia is not Young Children in Japan……

  3. whatthehell says:

    now waitaminit..taking pichers of people in public places where theer is no expectaion of privacies is illeagl..?

  4. MrCarleone says:

    ANOTHER Washington State success story !

    Perhaps, he was not given enough hugs, nor had Kumbyah sung to him enough ?

  5. Chippert says:

    MrCarleone: what do you have against Kumbyah?

  6. rawdibob says:

    Does Washington State have any evidence that SEX OFFENDERS are ever “cured”?

    I volunteer to shoot him in both knees.

  7. itwasntmethistime says:

    I’m so sick of sex offenders’ rights trumping everybody else’s. These sickos cannot be cured or rehabilitated. We need to stop putting people at risk by letting these dirtbags walk among us.

  8. PiecesOfYou says:

    whatthehell- if your being sarcastic fine if not here’s the breakdown-
    convicted sex offender + taking pictures surreptitiously(meaning without their knowledge or consent(secretively)) + online file sharing = illegal.
    You cannot take a person’s picture without their consent or knowledge for your own private use. You certainly cannot do that with children. Sex offenders can’t be rehabilitated but the sure as hell can be castrated and lobotomized.

  9. Shereejo says:

    Ummm, why was he employed at Costco? Did they not do a background check on him? I realize that even sex offenders need to have jobs, but if they hired him, weren’t they keeping an eye on him or what?

  10. Cerealkiller says:

    Why are ICE officers involved in this case? Is he an immigrant? If do why is he still in our country? Deport him and his sic behavior right in outta here.

  11. Chippert says:

    While not condoning the actions of this sex offender, you actually can take photos of someone for your own personal use without permission. You cannot, however, include sound. It happens all the time. Try taking a photo of a building during the day. How many people did you include without their permission? Professional photographers do it all the time as well, and some will even try to sell you the photos they took of you.

    I am curious, though, how these photos from Costco constitute child pornography. I can’t conceive of any photos taken at Costco that could fit the definition. If they were taken in a bathroom, or upskirt then it would be voyeurism. Pornography by definition involves a sex act.

    Well, glad he is again behind bars and off the streets in any case/

  12. Chippert says:

    Cerealkiller, ICE is involved because of the “Customs” part of their name. If it is an online child pornography site then it likely involves international distribution of illegal items. That is where Customs enforcement comes in.

  13. mojjonation says:

    I was wondering the same thing regarding customs. Thanks for clearing that up Chip.

    I was going to say that it wasn’t the taking of the pictures that was the problem, it was the posting them online on a site and discussing circumstances which will probably not be released to the public since it is still an ongoing investigation. If the transcript of the e-conversation they had were posted, that may lead other kiddy peddlers to detect when they are talking to an under cover law enforcement official. Honestly, I don’t care how they got the guy or what he said. Just remove his bits.

  14. whatthehell says:

    PiecesOfYou- if your being sarcastic fine if not here’s the breakdown-
    convicted sex offender + taking pictures surreptitiously(meaning without their knowledge or consent(secretively)in a public place + online sharing of same files = is not now, nor ever has been illegal.

    You can take a person’s picture without their consent or knowledge (in a public place)for your own private use.

    what dude was arrested for was online distribution of pictures of an adult having sex with a child.

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