Transient arrested at library

OLYMPIA – A 56-year-old transient was arrested Saturday at the Olympia Timberland Library downtown after a librarian saw him “viewing what appeared to be child pornography” on a library computer, court papers state.

The man was held Monday on suspicion of possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

According to court papers:

Library staff members called Olympia police after a librarian walked by Liston and saw a depiction of what appeared to be child pornography on the computer Liston was using.

“When law enforcement arrived and approached the defendant he started closing tabs,” the court papers state. “The officer stopped the defendant. When the officer was reviewing the screen tabs that were open, he noticed several sites that depicted minor children in various sexual acts with adults.”

Liston told police that he was surfing the Internet for a job, and “wanted to see what would appear when he did a search for teen porn pics.”

“We do not allow illegal activity at our library, whether it’s on our computers or anywhere else,” Jodi Reng, executive director of the Timberland Regional Library system, said Monday.

“When illegal activity occurs, we call the police.”

Jeremy Pawloski covers public safety for The Olympian. He can be reached at 360-754-5465 or jpawloski@theolympian.com.