This release was delayed due to an ongoing investigation –
In recent months, detectives received a tip indicating 34-year-old Michael Egbert from Prescott was likely in possession of child pornography.
With assistance from detectives at the Prescott Police Department, images were obtained by search warrant from an internet provider showing, in some cases, pre-pubescent girls in sexual positions. Further investigation attached the internet account to a specific address on McIntosh Lane in Prescott and the home of Michael Egbert.
Sheriff’s detectives sought and received a search warrant authorizing the search of the home on McIntosh Lane for evidence of child pornography. The warrant was service on January 15, 2020. Egbert was not present at the time. Detectives seized electronic devices capable of storing data and during the search, found 15 grams of methamphetamine and associated paraphernalia inside a safe belonging to Egbert.
On the evening of January 15, 2020, Egbert was found at his job site in Prescott Valley and arrested. He declined to discuss the investigation.
The contents of Egbert’s computer were forensically examined by detectives and initially revealed 13 images of prepubescent girls in sexual positions and sexual situations. Detectives also recovered a video portraying sexual activity involving underage girls with adult men.
Egbert was booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Possession/Distribution of minor in a Sexual Condition and Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sales – methamphetamine. Egbert remains in-custody on a bond of $150,000.
Remember – Child Pornography is not a victimless crime. These children had to endure the circumstances they were forced into while being photographed, and then every time images are shared, a perpetual living memory of the event exists.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov