Man appears in court in child porn, rape case

Vancouver man accused of creating videos of him sexually abusing child

By Jessica Prokop, Columbian Courts Reporter

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A Vancouver man accused of possessing child pornography and creating videos of him sexually abusing a child made a first appearance Friday in Clark County Superior Court.

Michael S. Couch, 46, appeared on suspicion of 10 counts of first-degree possessing depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, 10 counts of second-degree possessing depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, two counts of voyeurism, one count of second-degree rape of a child, one count of second-degree child molestation and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, court records show.

On July 19, detectives with the Vancouver Police Department Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit began looking into an internet address believed to be sharing child pornography on peer-to-peer sites. The address was later traced back to a residence in Vancouver, where Couch lives with his wife, sister-in-law and five children, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

During one search, investigators found at least three child pornography images from that internet address that matched video on file from previous investigations. Another search on Oct. 9 found another three matches, the affidavit states.

On at least three subsequent dates in October, investigators found similar activity associated with the internet address, court records said.

Investigators served a search warrant Nov. 2 at Couch’s residence and seized a laptop. In an interview with police, Couch admitted that the laptop belongs to him, and he said he downloaded peer-to-peer file sharing software to search for and download child pornography, according to court documents.

Couch also admitted to improperly touching a child and producing multiple videos of the abuse, the affidavit states.

His bail was set at $250,000 Friday. He will be arraigned Nov. 14, court records show.