An observant passer-by is credited with helping sheriff's officials arrest a man on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a child.
Brian Fortner, 27, was booked into jail Thursday morning.
Fortner had been under investigation by Maricopa County sheriff's deputies since July 28. A resident observed Fortner discarding what appeared to be a perfectly good duffle bag into a northwest Valley Dumpster, deputies said.
The passer-by retrieved the bag, looked inside and found several printed sexually-exploitive images of children, along with a wallet containing Fortner's driver's license, sheriff's investigators said.
Shortly after retrieving the bag, the resident told deputies that a man resembling the one on the license drove his pickup truck to the same Dumpster, rummaged through it and then drove away. The passer-by called the sheriff's office and gave dispatchers the license plate number. The vehicle plate registration was traced to Fortner.
"Fortner made a strange string of errors which appears to tie him to the evidence," Sheriff Joe Arpaio said.
The passer-by gave the duffle bag to sheriff's detectives who found numerous images of child pornography, according to MCSO.
After determining the subjects in the images were less than 13 years old, a search warrant was obtained and executed on Fortner's home. A computer and other items were seized.
Sheriff's detectives said Fortner admitted to visiting child porn websites and printing the images.
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