While investigating a Vancouver, Washington man for the possession and distribution of child pornography, police discovered that Stephen Sharp had taken a video of himself urinating into the milkshake mix at a local Arby’s where he worked as a night shift manager.
According to the Vancouver Police Department, their Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit had begun an investigation into 29-year-old Sharp’s possession and distribution of photos and videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children. On at least one occasion, such imagery was downloaded within proximity of an Arby’s located at 221 NE 104th Ave.
Sharp confessed to downloading and distributing child pornography and having a sexual interest in children during an interview with detectives on May 10.
A search warrant was subsequently executed on his digital devices, where a DECU digital forensics investigator found a video of Sharp urinating in a container of milkshake mix from Arby’s.
Sharp confessed that he had done such an act on at least two occasions for sexual gratification.
Sharp has been charged with 4 counts of Possession of Depictions of Minor Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct, 4 counts of Dealing Depictions of Minor Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct, and Assault II.
Police are urging anyone who ordered a milkshake from the Arby’s located at 221 NE 104 Ave between October 30 and 31, 2021 and still have a receipt to contact local authorities.
"The Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit has not located evidence that Arby’s or its franchisee were aware of the abhorrent actions of Stephen Sharp," police said.
According to The Columbian, a manager told police that the restaurant sold at least one ice cream float and around 30 to 40 milkshakes on the day that the video was taken.
Sharp claimed that he was "almost sure" he threw away the bag after the act, but told detectives that if the bag was not thrown away, it would’ve been added to other milkshake mixes and served during the following shift.
On Friday, Judge David Gregerson raised Sharp’s bail from $5,000 to $40,000. Sharp is scheduled to be arraigned on May 25.
A manager for the Arby’s location told The Post Millennial that Sharp is no longer employed by the company, adding that they could not issue further comment in the ongoing case.
On social media, Sharp frequently posted far-left content attacking the police and Trump supporters.
In one May 2021 post, he posted a graphic stating things like "racism is real, even if you are not racist," "white privilege is real, even if the cop you know is kind and just," and "pandemics are real, whether or not you know someone who is sick."
He frequently posted content with the hashtag "f*ck the police," changing his Facebook cover photo at one point to a pig dressed as a police officer, with the abbreviation "ACAB," or "All Cops Are Bastards," underneath.
Sharp also posted numerous articles to Facebook regarding topics like Trump supporters, Proud Boys, and Kyle Rittenhouse, with the hashtags "Modern Day KKK" and "F*ck America."
In regards to one post made late in 2020 about Rittenhouse, Sharp wrote: "Stop f*cking crying. If your man enough to shoot a man. Then your man enough to deal with the repercussions. Hope he gets life in prison."
Andy Ngo contributed to the writing of this report.
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