Esworthy Quoted in the ABA Journal About Warrants Served As A Result of Inaccurate Leads from IP Addresses (May 1, 2017)

On the morning of March 30, 2016, David Robinson and his partner, Jan Bultmann, were starting their day when six Seattle police officers knocked on their door with a search warrant. The police thought Robinson was trafficking child pornography. Still in bed when police arrived at 6:15 a.m., Robinson got dressed as an officer stood in the bedroom.

According to Robinson, the police spent 90 minutes searching his apartment and electronic devices. They also interrogated him and his partner in separate police vans parked in front of their building in the Queen Anne neighborhood.

The Seattle Police Department was working off a tip from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children that an IP address, the unique identifier produced by every computer or computer network, was tied to Robinson’s name and physical address and was used in the upload and transfer of child pornography.

After finding no evidence of child pornography, the police left without making an arrest. The incident left Robinson feeling “afraid” and “furious.” Seattle police declined to comment for this story.

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