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Phone repairman finds child porn on customer's iPhone

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Sep 27 2013 11:34:51 AM CDT
CHICO, Calif. -

A Chico computer repairman is being credited with helping to bust a man for possession of child porn.
     
Kyle Silliman owns Chico Computer Clinic and has been fixing electronics for the past seven years.  He says he's never seen anything like what he saw on September 13, when 31-year-old Josh Klipp came to his store to get his iPhone fixed.

According to Silliman, Klipp wanted to have his home button and screen repaired on his iPhone. Silliman said that he opened the camera app and saw the small preview picture in the lower left-hand corner looked a lot like child pornography.

"When we went into his pictures to delete that one, you may see 10-15 pictures above that one and they were all child pornography," said Silliman.

"You scroll a little bit and everything.  You scroll to the top there are over 200 pictures, 90 percent of the pictures were all child porn from 3-15 or older," said Silliman.

After seeing that, Silliman stopped in his tracks.

"So I called my girlfriend first actually to see to get some advice to see what I should do.  Immediately [she said], 'We have to call the cops. We need to do that,'" said Silliman
     
"You immediately heard in his voice that something wasn't right.  I got a call that said, 'Oh my God, I don't know what to do?'  This is not cool," said Miranda Strisower, Silliman's fiancé.

Chico police rushed over to investigate. They revealed that Klipp was taken into custody back on September 19.  Now they are seeing if any of the children on his phone are from around the area.

"We are examining that part. We don't know who these kids are in the photos so we are looking into that right now," said Sgt. Scott Franssen.
   
There is one other big question here which is -- does a computer tech have the right to go through all of your data while they are repairing it? Well it turns out he does have that right.

"They sign a release form basically stating that we are allowed access of all of their data, all of their information while we are doing the repair," said Silliman.  "It even says if there's any child pornography on the device we are going to turn it over to the police."

We obtained the contract that Klipp was given -- and the terms he agreed too.

"He signed it. He didn't read it but he did sign it," said Silliman.

Silliman said he's still trying to get the terrible images of those children off of his mind. Klipp is now facing a felony charge of possession of child pornography.