Secret Elevator Led to Man's Huge Stash of Child Porn

Room also served as growhouse for pot

By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff

Posted May 22, 2014 2:13 PM CDT

(Newser) – Another child-pornography bust in the news illustrates just how far some users will go to hide their collection. When FBI agents arrived at Kenneth E. Smith's home in Vancouver, Wash., in 2013, they had to use a hidden elevator to get to a hidden room on the second floor of an outbuilding on his property, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The small elevator didn't even look like one, with its switch initially disguised to look like a glue can.

But once agents figured it out and got to the room, they not only found 12 years' worth of child pornography on Smith's computer, but a room full of marijuana plants. The computer also controlled the sprinkler system. (Click to read about this week's major bust in New York City that led to charges for at least 70.)

A photo of the hidden elevator.   (US Department of Justice)
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