Valley dad, son help bust an alleged child porn suspect

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by Carina Sonn

azfamily.com

Posted on November 29, 2011 at 11:14 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 30 at 3:56 PM

PHOENIX -- Spencer Wade didn't know that his dad's routine business flight would turn into a criminal case that would make international headlines.

Glendale resident Kurt Wade was on a flight from Salt Lake City to Boston on Saturday when he noticed the man in front of him, 47-year-old Grant Smith, looking at pictures on his laptop.

"At first they were very innocent pictures of young kids having fun, bathing suits and other things. But as time went on, the pictures became a lot more graphic," Wade said.

The sexually explicit photos were allegedly of girls as young as 5 years old. First, Wade snapped a picture as proof and then alerted a flight attendant.

Next he got to work, emailing his son in Phoenix and police in Boston -- from thousands of miles in the air.

Spencer Wade got the email detailing what his father suspected on the flight and for the next 30 minutes he was the go-between -- his father in the air and Boston police.

"They asked me if I could email my dad, so from my iPod I'm emailing my dad asking him, 'What's his seat number, physical description,' things like that," Spencer said.

Two hours later the flight landed in Boston. Police were there to take Smith into custody.

Since then, officials have been able to recover dozens of pictures of child porn.

Smith claims he's innocent. He is being held on $75,000 bond.

Spencer and his dad are just happy they had a hand in stopping it.

"We did something that was good, but we didn't do anything special. We just did what I hope anyone would do," Spencer said. "If you see injustice, if you see someone being harmed that can't defend themselves, someone that can't stand up for themselves, then you do something."

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