Man arrested after photos of children found on flash drive

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TEMPE -- A Phoenix man was arrested on suspicion of sexual exploitation of a minor after hundreds of images were found on a flash drive.

On May 28, an employee of a business at the Tempe Marketplace was leaving work when he found a computer flash drive in the parking lot, according to the Tempe Police Department. The employee took the flash drive home and inserted it into his computer.

Tempe police Sgt. Steve Carbajal said the employee found several images that depicted the sexual exploitation of a minor and he turned the flash drive over to police.

Carbajal said detectives found hundreds of images on the flash drive. There were also numerous documents of a personal nature that led detectives to believe that David William Curtis Jr., 63, was the owner of the flash drive.

During an undercover operation, it was determined that Curtis was the owner of the flash drive and he was taken into custody in a courtyard at the Tempe Marketplace Thursday afternoon.

Curtis was transported to Tempe City Jail where he was booked and charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.