Seattle Police detectives on Friday arrested a 38-year-old employee of Butler Amusements at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe.
Snohomish County officials say the man was arrested on an outstanding warrant for forgery out of St. Joseph County, Indiana, but they had been investigating him for possession of suspected child pornography after receiving a tip from Microsoft.
Evergreen State Fair pays for background checks on all locally hired Butler Amusements employees. They instituted this policy after an incident last year, when Snohomish County Sheriff's deputies discovered that a woman working at the "kiddie land" portion of the fair was awaiting trial on child molestation charges.
"Keeping our fairgoers safe is our top priority," said Tom Teigen, Snohomish County Parks director. "We conduct background checks on all our employees, as does Butler Amusements. At this time, we have no evidence that this employee engaged in any illegal activity while working at this year's fair."