Logan man arrested on child porn charges

Calling it one of the most severe cases of child pornography cases they’ve seen in recent memory, Cache County Sheriff’s officials arrested a Logan man on 40 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor last week. Douglas Bessinger was arrested after a months-long investigation that started in March when the Cache Sheriff’s Internet Crimes Against Children task force received information from an out-of-state informant about an individual allegedly dealing in child pornography. That initiated an investigation that led to a search warrant being executed on July 7 at a residence in southwest Logan. There, officials seized documents, cameras and computers and made the arrest of Bessinger. Bessinger is being held in the Cache County Jail without bail. According to a press release issued Friday by the Cache County Sheriff’s Office, the case is still under investigation and the charges involved may change as the investigation continues. Officials say it appears that Bessinger also was involved with a video production company that made pornographic movies. The FBI is also being invited to join in the investigation. “This is one of the most severe cases of child pornography we have seen in recent memory,” said Cache Sheriff’s Lt. Matt Bilodeau. “We are very interested in talking with possible victims that may have had contact with Mr. Bessinger. If you have any information that you believe would help in this case, please contact the cache County Sheriff’s Office at 435-755-1000 and ask for an investigator.” Bilodeau said crimes such as child pornography are an unfortunate reality of a technological world. “In this evolving world of technology many times people interface on a computer having never met the person on the other end of the line,” he said. “In that venue some individuals start feeling secure and start to share information and/or pictures that are illegal. In this case we had someone that recognized that these pictures were illegal and they made a phone call to the authorities.” Bilodeau said that anyone who is on a computer and has information sent to them that they believe is illegal should just hit the delete button and then notify law enforcement. “They need to take action,” he said. “That is the only way we are going to be able to slow down these types of crimes.”

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