Crime - Sacto 911

Davis man used his neighbors’ Wi-Fi network to distribute child porn

A Davis man who gained unauthorized access to his neighbors’ computer network and used it to share child pornography has been convicted by a federal jury in Sacramento.

Alexander Nathan Norris, 28, was found guilty of distributing and possessing material involving the sexual exploitation of minors, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

On Dec. 27, 2010, and April 12, 2011, law enforcement agents noticed an individual sharing child pornography over the internet using a peer-to-peer file sharing software, according to court documents. One of the IP addresses the individual was using was registered to an apartment in Davis where three female UC Davis students lived. All three denied distributing child pornography.

With the residents’ permission,the agents used a computer program and a directional antenna to find the individual involved in the file sharing. This led them to Norris, who lived in the same apartment complex and had gained access to the students’ password-protected network, according to the news release.

At the time of his arrest on April 12, 2011, Norris had child pornography on his computer, including files that he had distributed to law enforcement agents a few days earlier.

Norris was convicted Thursday and is to be sentenced Aug. 2 by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller.

The case resulted from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy