ONLY ON KIRO 7: UW employee charged for child porn – and still works on campus

by: Amy Clancy Updated:

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KIRO 7 was the first to reveal that an information technology specialist at the University of Washington was being investigated on suspicion he had child porn.

Now, criminal charges have been filed against Evan Guros, 33, who admitted to police that he possessed "a couple hundred thousand images of children," the charges state.

Though he's been charged with felony possession of child porn, the UW is letting him keep his job. A university spokesman said he poses no risk on campus to clients.

Documents obtained by KIRO 7 Reporter Amy Clancy state that Guros admitted to investigators his “sexual interest in children.”

That interest, according to charging documents, was evident in the 240 VHS tapes, dozens of DVDs, flash drives, cellphones, and computers seized from Guros' Ballard home earlier this year.

Guros purchased some of his illicit collection from an unnamed international company that specializes in "naturist films from around the world" that show images of nude children, according to investigators.

According to investigators, between July 2009 and April 2011, Guros bought 47 different items from this company at a cost of nearly $1,500. All of it was billed and delivered to his home on Northwest 58th Street, just across the street from a Catholic elementary school, St. Alphonsus, prosecutors said.

No one answered the door at Guros' apartment Tuesday.

But since KIRO 7 first broke the story, detectives have been sifting through the evidence seized, which included a video of Guros pleasuring himself while looking at "what appears to be a picture of child actor, Jonathan Taylor Thomas" who was in the television show "Home Improvement," according to documents filed in King County Superior Court.

The documents state that in interviews with police, Guros admitted he "possessed a couple hundred thousand images of children between the ages of 7-12" and that "he had possessed images of hard core child pornography, but deleted them."

When reached by phone at his office at the University of Washington today, Guros had no comment.

As for his employment status, UW spokesman Bob Roseth said Guros will keep his job also because no criminal activity apparently happened on campus.

When Clancy pointed out that Guros is paid by taxpayers at a state-funded university and police said he admits to possessing child porn, Roseth responded, "In our judicial system, people are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law."

Clancy also asked about Guros' admissions of guilt, as detailed in court documents.

Roseth said that if Guros is convicted in court, then the university will reconsider his job status at that time.

Guros will be arraigned next week for second-degree possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. If convicted, he could face three to nine months in jail.