TUCSON - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a judge found Edgar Allen Fristoe guilty of 10 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor after a Tucson Police Department (TPD) investigation found Fristoe had possessed and transferred pictures and videos of child pornography on his cell phone.
In November of 2016, TPD received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that child pornography had been uploaded to a Google photos account. TPD investigated the account and learned the email address belonged to Edgar Allen Fristoe. Fristoe was a registered sex offender who had prior felony convictions from Prescott in 1981 for attempted sexual conduct with a minor and Oklahoma in 2001 for indecent exposure. After a search warrant was executed, detectives found numerous pictures and videos of child pornography on Fristoe’s phone. He was arrested in November 2016. Forensic analysis of Fristoe’s phone revealed he had transmitted the child pornography to other people using a chat messaging service. All of the victims in the pictures and videos are under 15.
Fristoe, who is currently in custody, could be sentenced to more than 100 years in prison. His sentencing is set for April 23, 2018.
Assistant Attorney General Jared Kreamer-Hope is prosecuting this case.