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Craigslist post leads to child pornography arrest

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A Portland man is behind bars on child pornography charges, and a local woman helped the FBI catch him.

Last week, police arrested Michael Moore after they say he posted an ad on Craigslist describing sexual acts with children with suggestive photos of young girls.

FBI agents traced the IP address connected with that ad to Moore's house near Southeast 122nd and Foster roads.

They say they found a folder full of child porn in the home and arrested Moore, but he may still be on the streets if not for one woman's help.

Officials credit the arrest to a gut reaction Shiloh Phelps had to a suspicious ad she found on Craigslist.

Phelps was scrolling through the Casual Encounters section when she says she saw pictures of Moore dressed in women's clothing and an inappropriate picture of a little girl. She says the ad bragged that he had 3,000 other similar pictures.

"He talked about wearing her underwear," Phelps says the ad continued, "and when mommy left, things would happen and how she loved it. It was just horrible."

That was back in February, and Phelps reported it to police. Then in June, court records show the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children linked some child porn to the same IP address used to post the Craigslist ad.

Cops traced it back to Moore, and last week, and FBI agents raided his house.

Moore had just moved out a few days earlier, but cops say he left several items behind, including a binder with 34 pictures of child porn.

They found and arrested him later that day. Neighbor Jeff Reardon says he never saw any children or anything unusual at Moore's house.

"It's a pretty quiet place that we live here," says Reardon, "It's always been pretty peaceful.  To have someone doing that right down the street from you, it's pretty disturbing."

Shiloh Phelps had no idea Moore had been arrested until we told her. She says she's proud that she had a hand in it.

"I am so delighted," Moore says "I'm so glad that what I did may have saved this little girl."

Moore is in jail charged with possession of child pornography.

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