WPBF: “Child porn suspect arrested after tip from Google in court”

A Boynton Beach man made his first appearance in court, days after police arrested him on child porn charges on a tip from Google.

Seth Marks, 47, is accused of possessing more than 50 images of explicit child pornography of underage boys engaged in sexual activity.

Police said the initial tip came from Google after Marks sent pictures in an email.

Marks’ attorney, Michael Salnick, declined to comment specifically on the case, including the role Google played in his client’s arrest.

Critics argue it is an invasion of privacy.

Palm Beach County state attorney Dave Aronberg told WPBF 25 News that websites like Google and Yahoo are critical crime-fighting tools.

“We work with Internet providers, within the law, to get the information to make sure we’re protecting children on the Internet,” Aronberg said.

Aronberg’s office has a team dedicated to prosecuting cases involving online sex abuse.

“This isn’t the first case and won’t be the last case where we work with Google, Yahoo (and) Internet service providers to catch predators before they accomplish their mission,” Aronberg said.

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