Investigators find child porn downloaded at library on man's phone

by: James Schugel Updated:

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. —

Investigators said they found dozens of images of child porn on a Snohomish man's cellphone after he downloaded them from a computer at the Snohomish Library. 

A man told Snohomish authorities he watched with disgust in the library as Steven Geue viewed images of minors in various sexually-explicit poses.  He even followed the man out of the library and down the street  until police were able to confront him. 

When a detective examined Geue’s phone, he said he found at least 57 photos of minor females and 29 images.  The girls were between 2 and 13 years old. 

Police said minor children were engaged in sexual intercourse with adult men.  Some were performing oral sex on the men.  Photos also showed a minor child crying while naked. 

“I’m not surprised,” said Felix Zollinger, who knows Geue.  “Because he was nothing but trouble.” 

Zollinger said he recently bought the home Geue’s family owned.  

Sheriff’s deputies have showed up at Zollinger’s door several times and so have neighbors with stories.

“What did they tell you,” asked KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter James Schugel. 

“That police were over here all the time.  They did meth over here,” said Zollinger. 

The Snohomish Library has filters on its computers.  But when an adult logs in, they can choose to remove the filters and gain full access to the Internet, which includes everything in cyberspace, legal or illegal, child porn included. 

“If there is motivation or intent to go after illegal activity, it is very difficult for public library staff to stop that from happening,” said Ken Harvey, Communications Director for Sno-Isle Libraries. 

Police said all Geue had to do was hook up his cellphone to the computer with a cable and download the images.

 The library immediately removed the terminal from the public area. Detectives are now examining it. 

Geue is in the Snohomish County Jail and faces four counts of possessing child pornography.