Queens man pleads guilty after child porn found on laptop he left for repair at Best Buy: DA

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EAST ELMHURST, Queens — A Queens man has pleaded guilty to child porn charges after sexually explicit photos of children were found on the man’s laptop that he left to be repaired at a Best Buy in March 2014, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced Wednesday.

Michael Murray, now 63, of Elmhurst, Queens, dropped his laptop off at the Best Buy on Northern Boulevard in Long Island City for repair on March 26.

When the technician turned the computer on, the computer’s screen saver displayed a slide show of multiple images of young girls posing provocatively, as well as pictures of girls engaging in sex acts with men.

The technician told his supervisor, who called police. Police confronted Murray who admitted he knew what was on his screen saver and had been exchanging files of child pornography with others for five years.

After a thorough investigation, authorities discovered nearly 400 images of child pornography on Murray’s computer.

“The defendant has now admitted to having vile, disturbing images of children on his computer’s hard drive, which he even used as a screen saver slide show,” Brown said. “It is important for the public to remember that these photographs depict real children who have been sexually abused. They are youngsters who will forever be emotionally and physically scarred by what happened to them.”

On Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, Murray pleaded guilty to promoting a sexual performance by a child. Murray could face up to three years in prison.

His sentencing is scheduled for March 22, 2016.