Vancouver Police seek victims in Assault II contamination case

Night manager at Vancouver Arby’s charged with multiple crimes
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Night manager at Vancouver Arby’s charged with multiple crimes

Editor’s note: This story contains graphic and disturbing descriptions of the alleged crimes in this case.

The Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit at the Vancouver Police Department began an investigation into Stephen Sharp possessing and dealing in dozens of photos and videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children. It was learned on at least one account, child exploitation imagery was downloaded within proximity to Arby’s at 221 NE 104th Ave, Vancouver. 

On May 10, 2022, Sharp was contacted by detectives and confessed in an interview to downloading and distributing child pornography and having a sexual interest in children. He confirmed employment as the night manager at Arby’s. A search warrant was executed on Sharp’s digital devices located on his person and at his residence. 

A preliminary search by a DECU digital forensics investigator revealed a video of a subject later identified as Sharp urinating in a container confirmed to be milkshake mix from Arby’s. Sharp confessed to detectives he urinated on at least two occasions into the milkshake mixture for sexual gratification.

Police are asking if you purchased a milkshake from the Arby’s located at 221 NE 104 Ave, Vancouver on October 30 & 31, 2021 and you have a receipt or verified transaction information to confirm the purchase, contact Det. Robert Givens at robert.givens@cityofvancouver.us. The Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit has not located evidence that Arby’s or its franchisee were aware of the actions of Sharp.

Sharp was booked into Clark County Jail on 4 counts (charging max) of Possession of Depictions of Minor Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct, 4 counts (charging max) of Dealing Depictions of Minor Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct and Assault II. The content on Sharp’s digital devices is still under investigation.

Information provided by Vancouver Police Department.

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