Man arrested for child porn a day before sentencing on similar charge

Spokane police arrested a 68-year-old man suspected of possessing child pornography the day before his sentencing on a similar charge from the previous year, according to court documents.

Gerald R. Fox was arrested July 21 at the Howard Johnson Motel at 20 W. Houston Ave. after motel cleaning staff discovered a collection of photos of naked children in her room, according to a search warrant document.

Fox was also arrested last year in March when deputies discovered alleged child pornography at his home in an RV park north of Spokane.

Fox was scheduled to leave the Howard Johnson Motel on July 21 at 11 a.m. When he couldn’t leave, a general manager spoke to him on the phone and told him he’d either have to pay for another night or get his stuff out. Fox, who was not at the motel, became angry and refused to pay.

The general manager ordered motel staff to begin collecting Fox’s personal items from the hotel room in boxes, according to court documents. After rechecking the dresser drawers in the bedroom, a hotel staff member discovered a stack of about 20 photos printed on 8 x 10 inch printer paper depicting naked girls who had “obviously less than 10 years”.

Officers later uncovered a variety of child pornography, including hundreds of photos of apparently digitally rendered images of children, from infants to teenagers.

Fox was jailed Thursday on $100,000 bail. He has no criminal history in Spokane County prior to 2021.

Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies first arrested him on suspicion of malicious mischief March 1, 2021, at the North Spokane RV Park, 10904 North Newport Highway, after he intentionally crashed his vehicle into the trailer. another resident, according to court documents. After his arrest, Fox asked deputies to retrieve his keys to his motorhome and lock the door. A Spokane County sheriff’s deputy noticed what appeared to be child pornography inside the motorhome, according to the affidavit.

Further investigation of Fox’s RV revealed handwritten notes dealing with the sexual abuse of the young girls, some of which “seemed to suggest that (Fox) observed and studied the movements of the girls who lived in the RV park. cars and a former RV park,” according to court documents.

Authorities said they discovered a variety of child pornography, including more than 500 physical printed photos, as well as video copies of alleged child pornography.

Fox told deputies he had the photos for about five years and originally uploaded them to the internet for his own satisfaction, according to court documents.

Fox was released last year on the condition that he have no contact with minors. He is expected to be arraigned on the new charges next month.

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