Child porn on lost cell phone lands man in jail

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Undercover troopers arrested a man they say had child porn on a cell phone at the 76 Station in Marysville. Washington.
SEATTLE - A lost cell phone on the side of the highway held what state troopers say was a phone filled with hundreds of images of child porn.

Washington State Patrol detectives say they tracked the phone to 59-year-old Patrick Sheely, and arrested him at a 76 Station in Marysville when Sheely arrived to pick up his phone.

The man who found the found prefers to remain anonymous, but says he still can't stomach finding a cell phone filled with images of young children having sex with adults.

He spotted the phone along the shoulder of Highway 99 in Seattle, and thinking he'd be a Good Samaritan, says he picked it up and contacted the owner to return it. Curious as to whom he'd be meeting, the man decided to flip through the photos.

A file full of child porn is what the man found, so he gave the phone to state troopers.

Court records say detectives found "149 videos and pictures of children, between the ages of 5 and 10 years old, engaged in sex acts with adults."

Troopers say they've also searched Sheely's home in a gated community in Stanwood, Washington. The entrance is surrounded by surveillance cameras.

Detectives claim Sheely admitted to them he "had viewed images of children engaged in explicit activity" at home, but only after they "popped-up on his computer."

Sheely is behind bars in Snohomish County, and he's being held on $250,000 bail.