Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Arrest in Child Pornography

05-20-10 Arrest in Child Pornography

     Boise, May 20, 2010 - Boise Police have arrested a man and charged him with possessing electronic images of child pornography and child sexual abuse.
 Arrested: Joseph S. Purvis, 48, Garden City
 Charge: Sexual Exploitation of a Child (F)

     Boise Police received information of the possible existence of the images the suspect possessed electronically in late December, 2009. Further investigation revealed the suspect possessed pornographic and sexual abuse images involving children in their teens. Boise Police have no evidence the images involve local children.

     If you suspect online sexual exploitation of a child, report it to the Boise Police Department at 377-6790 or 911 for emergencies.

     You may also report online via the CyberTipline┬« at or 1-800-843-5678.  The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) has a system for identifying online predators and child pornographers and contributing to law-enforcement investigations. Leads forwarded to the site will be acknowledged and shared with the appropriate law-enforcement agency for investigation.

      Boise Police also work very closely with the Idaho Crimes Against Children Task Force.


    The Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is a statewide coalition of local, state and federal law enforcement and prosecution agencies, focused on apprehending and prosecuting individuals who use the Internet to criminally exploit children.

    Internet crimes against children are, primarily, crimes of sexual exploitation of children. These crimes include distribution of child pornography and using the Internet to target children for sexual abuse.

    The Idaho ICAC Task Force is committed to protecting Idaho's children through community education and by identifying, arresting and prosecuting those who commit Internet crimes against children.