A Stamford man who lives near an elementary school was arrested Thursday after he was accused of downloading hundreds of images of child pornography.
According to police, an investigation was launched in October for Roland Roqueta, 69, after it was determined child pornography was being downloaded at his home, which is located near the Westover Elementary School.
Police executed a search warrant at the home Thursday where investigators seized hundreds of images of child pornography as well as two pairs of binoculars that officers believe were used to view children at the neighboring school.
During their investigation, police determined that Roqueta never approached the Westover Elementary School or had any interaction with students there.
"That's not good. I'd be scared to send my kids to school by myself," another parent said.
Roqueta is not on any sexual registry anywhere in Connecticut or the United States.
From the rear door of his home, someone can see the front of the elementary school, which is only a few feet away.
Neighbors said police officers staked out at the home around 6 a.m.
"I've never seen anyone come out of that house, in fact it looked abandoned most of the time," said neighbor Helen Horvath.
One neighbor told Eyewitness News that police even came to her door.
"In the summertime, I'm outside and so he would go in and put his head down and never said boo," said one neighbor, who wished to not be identified. "Usually neighbors, they're friendly, but I never saw. He never talked to you. No, I don't even know his name."
Parents told Eyewitness News that they also noticed police activity at Roqueta's home and were upset about the arrest.
"It's disgusting to me," said one unidentified parent. "It basically is disgusting."
Roqueta was charged with first-degree possession of child pornography, importing child pornography and promoting a minor in an obscene performance.
He is being held on a $150,000 bond and is expected to be arraigned at Stamford Superior Court Friday.
The incident remains under investigation by the Stamford Police Department. Anyone with any information is asked to call police at 203-977-4444.
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