Sex offender Gregory Sean O'Neall of Des Moines, employed as a Costco food sample provider, was arrested yesterday - accused of distributing child pornography on the Internet. Investigators also say O'Neall snapped over 100 photos of unknowing young girls shopping with their parents at the Federal Way Costco where he handed out food.
The arrest, and O'Neall's first court appearance today, came after an investigation into O'Neall's online activity launched by federal agents with the Department of Homeland Security uncovered evidence that O'Neall downloaded and distributed images of girls as young as age 3 to 5 engaged in sex acts with adult men. Using the screen name "Animal_Instinct," O'Neall allegedly corresponded with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Special Agent Timothy Ensley, who went undercover online to bust O'Neall for the nefarious deeds he now stands accused of.
According to court documents, one aspect of the investigation (and now the case against O'Neall) is a particularly damning and highly disturbing online chat that O'Neall and the undercover Ensley allegedly engaged in on June 7.
Due to its sexually explicit nature, a transcript of that chat taken from court documents filed in the case yesterday can be found on the following page (giving the squeamish or those at work one more chance to back out).
A transcript of the June 7 chat between O'Neall and a federal agent taken from court documents filed in the case yesterday:
Following this chat, and the subsequent discovery that O'Neall allegedly posted for download what appeared to be 112 secretly taken photos of young girls shopping at the Federal Way Costco, investigators served a search warrant on O'Neall's home, discovering numerous child pornography photos stored on his home computer.
Court documents also indicate O'Neall is a registered sex offender, originating from a 1991 criminal conviction in Texas. According to authorities O'Neall last updated his sex offender registration with King County in March of this year.
Find the full court document which the above chat is taken from on the following page.