A mother allegedly sent pictures of herself sexually abusing her six-month-old son to a man on a social networking site, police said.
The site, called Skout, checks exchanges for inappropriate activity.
Myriah Moreland, 20, of Montesano, Wash., allegedly traded pornographic photos and videos involving minors with Christopher Dupea of Spanaway. Their sexually explicit conversations began on Skout and continued with text messages, according to authorities.
When Skout’s monitors first spotted their explicit exchanges, they alerted The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. This prompted an investigation by Washington State Patrol’s Missing and Exploited Children’s Task Force on Tuesday.
What they found surprised and appalled even the veteran investigators. “I’m not going to go into the details because they are pretty revolting, to be quite honest. But suffice it to say, the photos depict activities that are reprehensible and are beyond belief,” Lt. Ron Mead of Washington State Patrol told the Daily News.
During one exchange, Moreland told Dupea that she performed sexual acts on the six-year-old, according to police.
No investigator was prepared for the alarming graphics, reported KOMO News.
“There were both images and videos,” said Mead, “that quite frankly are disturbing, to say the least. Even some of our most tenured and seasoned detectives hadn’t seen images like those ever.”
Police arrested Moreland and booked her at Grays Harbor County Jail. She faces charges of possession and distribution of child pornography, as well as sexual exploitation of a minor. Her bail is set at $20,000.
Child Protective Services has custody of her child.
Police arrested Dupea on Thursday and booked him at Pierce County Jail. He faces possession and distribution of child pornography charges. No bail has yet been set for Dupea. Police suspect that Dupea may have harmed additional victims.