A monthslong, multistate investigation tied a West Palm Beach teenager to more than a dozen pornographic images of children, according to city police records.
Aiven Christopher Hoo Dean, 19, was arrested Tuesday on 17 counts of possessing child pornography. He was released later that day from the Palm Beach County Jail after posting a $17,000 surety bond, records show.
A judge ordered that he have no contact with anyone under the age of 18. He cannot use the internet unless a judge rules otherwise.
In March, a North Carolina sheriff’s office received word that what appeared to be a pornographic image of a child was seen on an “application,” West Palm police records state. It is unclear on which application the “concerned citizen” saw the image.
A search of the IP address determined the image was linked to a West Palm Beach AT&T user.
Local authorities appeared to have learned of the allegations through the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children in July.
On Tuesday, West Palm Beach police and authorities with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force searched Dean’s home on Congress Avenue as well as his iPhone and laptop.
They found 17 pornographic images of teenage boys in an encrypted cloud, records state.
Dean does not appear to have a criminal history in Palm Beach County. He told authorities he is a student, but records do not indicate where he attends school.
Dean did not respond to The Post’s request for comment.