Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Nude Photos Arrest

Nude Photos Arrest

Detectives Credit Witnesses, Patrol for Quick Reporting, Detailed Suspect Info & and quick response for arrest

Boise, April 6, 2005 – Boise Police have arrested a man for distributing naked photos to kids. Officers believe the suspect took the photos of himself to distribute.

Arrested: Franklin J. Arroues, 45, Boise

Charges: Disseminating Material Harmful to Minors, 6 counts

What Happened: Friday, March 31 at approx. 5:00 p.m., Boise Police were called to a home in the area of Edna & Maple Grove, where a woman said she had witnessed a man slowly drive by three youngsters and throw obscene photos out the car window toward the children. The children, ages 11 - 16, had picked up the photos but the woman took them and gave them to police. She and the children were also able to provide a general description of a suspect and suspect vehicle.

As officers took this report, a second call of similar activity was reported from a neighborhood approx. one mile away near Edna & Colverdale. Officers responded quickly and found another witness who had seen a man slowly drive by three children playing in a yard, ages 5, 6 and 7. On the third pass, the driver threw photos out the window toward the children. The witness, a father of one of the children, grabbed the photos and was able to get a detailed description of the suspect vehicle, including a license plate number.

Patrol officers Dennis Tolan and Glen Rawson were quickly able to locate a possible suspect at his home. Follow up by detectives resulted in a warrant for Arroues’s arrest. He was taken into custody Wednesday, April 5th, 2006.

“This case is a good example of what police can do if we learn about crimes quickly and witnesses are alert enough to provide some pretty detailed suspect information,” said Det. Bill Smith of the Boise Police Department’s Special Victim’s Unit. “This suspect was identified just moments after the crime, thanks to the quick action of patrol and these witnesses.”

Detectives say the suspect and suspect vehicle description do not match any other reports of suspicious vehicles or suspicious activity.

The vehicle the suspect drove in this case is a 2003 silver 4-door Toyota Avalon

This is the first report taken of this kind of activity in Boise recently (specifically of a car’s driver passing obscene photos to children). If anyone has any more information that may be related to this case, they’re urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.