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Prosecutors: Everett man traded child porn while at work

Prosecutors: Everett man traded child porn while at work »Play Video
Nathan Coates
EVERETT, Wash. -- An Everett man was supposed to be selling cold drinks and snacks, but police say he was instead trading child pornography while on the job at a local convenience store.

Everett police began investigating Nathan Coates after they got a report from an FBI agent in Cleveland accusing Coats of trading explicit photos with a suspect there.

Coates is now behind bars, and he made his first court appearance on Thursday.

Coates allegedly traded the child porn while working at the Best Mini Mart, and owner Salim Khan was shocked when he heard what his now-former employee is accused of.

"It's bad, you know. I'm paying someone and he's not doing his job and looking for child pornography. It is bad," Khan said.

Khan said Coates worked at the store for about a year, but was fired several months ago for an unrelated incident.

"He was not honest, I can tell you that," Khan said. "He acted like he was the best person in the world, but he was not."

Police say Coates used the store's wireless Internet to send and view the explicit images on his personal computer. Khan learned about the investigation when law enforcement came to the store.

"I was surprised, you know. I was not expecting that my employee was looking for child pornography," he said.

Detectives also served a search warrant at the apartment where Coates lives with his girlfriend and her two children. According to the arrest report, Coates got the photos from a photo-sharing website or email.

"He was really inviting when we moved in here, and they'd always invite us out to barbeques and stuff," said neighbor Stacy Kuntz. "He was a really nice guy. I wouldn't have ever thought anything of that of him doing that."

Coates is also accused of taking two photos of a clothed 5-year-old girl who lives nearby, but police say that child did not show up in any of the other pornographic images.

Prosecutors say Coates is a danger to the community and they want him behind bars.

A judge set bail at $10,000. If he's released, he can not use the Internet, cameras or computers and he can't have any contact with minors.