Police arrested an Avon man after investigators said they traced thousands of child porn pictures back to his computer, and discovered some of the photos were taken locally.
Police said 65-year-old Kevin Brownell faces multiple counts of first-degree possession of child pornography.
Police were initially tipped off in late November by Microsoft. They reported to a national cyber crimes unit that Brownell's email address may have been in possession of child porn.
When Avon police went to his Lakeview Boulevard home, they say Brownell "admitted that several years ago he had a problem and looked at pictures of child pornography on the internet" and that "his wife was aware of his problem and helped him get psychiatric help."
When police took his computer, investigators found more than 3,000 photos on it. In the photos, girls between the ages 4 to 12 were nude and in various sexual positions, according to court documents Eyewitness News obtained Friday.
"Multiple children are victimized ... and some photos show adult males in a shower setting with the young girls," according to the arrest warrant.
When federal authorities ran those photos through their database, they were familiar with some of the victims.
Police and federal authorities were in the process of trying to identify some of the victims that were new to them.
During the search, they found photos apparently of clothed underage girls at a Canton park, a Canton bridge and the Mystic Aquarium.
"It's one of the unfortunate things of our information society, being able to create and disseminate things instantly," said Heather Prescott, of Collinsville. "It's really a shame."
For full disclosure, Brownell was previously employed at Eyewitness News.
When Eyewitness News visited Brownell's family's home, they turned off lights and shut their curtains. They did not comment on the arrest.
The bond for Brownell was set at $65,000. He was arraigned at Hartford Superior Court on Friday. His next court appearance is on Feb. 4.
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