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Murrieta Man Accused of Having Child Porn Images on His Computer

A Temecula computer repair shop called to report the alleged images Thursday, a police sergeant said.

Michael David Otten. Photo/Riverside County Sheriff's Department
Michael David Otten. Photo/Riverside County Sheriff's Department

A Murrieta man accused of having child pornography images on his computer was arrested by Temecula police Friday.

Sgt. Kevin McDonald of the Temecula Police Department stated in a news release that the images were discovered by a computer repair shop.

The Temecula business—where the man purportedly took his computer to be serviced—called to report the alleged images Thursday, according to the sergeant.

“This case was forwarded to Temecula police investigators for follow-up and they authored a search warrant for the suspect’s residence in Murrieta,” McDonald said.

At 3 p.m. Friday, Temecula officers served the warrant in the 23600 block of Sycamore Creek Avenue in Murrieta.

The suspected owner of the computer, Michael David Otten, 43, was taken into custody at that location on suspicion of felony possession of child pornography, according to McDonald.

Otten was booked at Southwest Detention Center near Murrieta.

Jail booking information such as a bail amount was not immediately available at publication time.

The name of the computer repair shop was not disclosed.

Anyone with further information regarding the investigation was asked to call Temecula police Investigator Carlos Topete at 951-696-3000. Tips may also be submitted anonymously through the Riverside County Sheriff Department’s online CrimeTips form.

Editor’s Note: The outcome of these allegations, as well as the facts, may change as the case progresses through the legal system. Not all details of each investigation are made public. All items are alleged to have occurred. There should be no assumption of guilt.


Alek J Hidell January 18, 2014 at 12:52 AM
What right does some geek have to go thru the hard drive of the customers? He should be fired. I hope all that porn is legal---- I would get a good civil rights attorney and take that shop for every cent they had. A lot of these cases are dropped because its not child porn after all. Of course that won't make the news.. Disgusting McCarthy Age of internal surveillance--a police state 'necessary to keep our country free'. Oxymoron for morons.
TVOR January 19, 2014 at 02:58 PM
Alek, my god dude relax. A shop doing maintenance on a computer could easily spot such images on a computer without snooping. Wouldn't you report it if you knew someone had child porn on their computer? It is simply the right thing to do.
Christopher January 21, 2014 at 08:05 PM
This is such a creepy subject I hate to respond to how Alek reacted to this press release. It reflects where society evolving. The subject is about sick mental behavior; the thing that got Kelly Thomas killed. Should everyone who has bad thoughts on any given day be murdered or put in prison for twenty years? We have an obligation to protect society and have a duty to big brother to watch and report our neighbors. We now have the tools and encouragement to do this. In today’s society it is honorable if you murder a baby and rescue a puppy. This was written for reaction but closer to what Alek was saying. )-:

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