Wife turns in husband charged with having child pornography

Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was arrested after police say his new wife found electronic mail messages suggestive of child pornography on his computer.

Ronald Becker, 37, was arrested Thursday. He was charged with 21 counts related to child pornography. One of the counts, distribution of child pornography, is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The other 20 counts are for possession.

Police said Becker had 5,000 computer disks and CDs at his home containing sexual images of children.

Becker's wife became suspicious because he was spending an inordinate amount of money. She began nosing around their house and found the suggestive e-mails on his computer, police said.

The woman met her future husband on-line in February and married him a few months later. She went to police in September to report his behavior and they obtained a search warrant.

Becker frequented chat rooms where he posed as a 15-year-old boy, police said.

Becker was convicted of indecent assault involving minors in Pennsylvania in 1992, according to charging documents. The charge was a misdemeanor. He was put on probation and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.

Becker was being held at the Cook Inlet Pre-Trial Facility.



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