YAKIMA -- Prosecutors have filed a felony charge against a Mabton man accused of using a Microsoft cloud drive to store child pornography.
Michael Alvarado, 26, was held overnight following his arrest Tuesday but since has been freed on $1,000 bail pending arraignment Feb. 8 in Yakima County Superior Court.
According to an arrest affidavit, the case began in October after Microsoft staff detected pornographic video uploads to an online, or cloud, storage program operated by Microsoft called SkyDrive.
Sheriff's detectives said the uploads were traced back to Alvarado via his computer's IP address, which came back to Alvarado's residence in Mabton.
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The video uploads showed girls as young as 4 being sexually abused, detectives said.
Alvarado allegedly told detectives he downloaded the videos from FrostWire, a peer-to-peer file-sharing service, and would sometimes trade pictures.
He is charged with possessing child porn, not producing it. A conviction carries a sentence of one year to 8 1/2 years in prison, depending on a defendant's record.