MARTINEZ (BCN) — A Danville man accused of accessing the online storage accounts of women and girls he knew to get revealing pictures of them was indicted Thursday on child pornography charges and other violations, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Nickolas Thurston, 27, was arrested Tuesday by Danville police on the charges and was booked into Martinez Detention Facility on $1.5 million bail, according to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office.
Thurston is accused of conspiring with another suspect — who prosecutors did not identify — to access protected cloud storage accounts of women and girls between January and May 24, when investigators searched his home on Buena Vista Drive.
Evidence of child pornography was allegedly found at his home during the search. He allegedly operated a website too to distribute the images, including a 9-year-old girl engaged in sexual activity, prosecutors said.
Thurston is charged with two counts of distribution of child pornography, possession of child pornography, four counts of identity theft, three counts of accessing a protected computer system and conspiracy to commit computer theft.
If convicted on the charges, he faces up to five years in prison.In announcing the indictment, prosecutors took the opportunity to remind people to periodically change their passwords for accounts to prevent online crimes.