The Rev. Dennis Carey, a 65-year-old Catholic priest in Connecticut, was arraigned today on child pornography possession charges. He claims he is receiving help for the "addiction" to illegal pornography that led to his arrest. He is out on a $100K bond, prohibited from computer and internet access, and barred from contact with children under 13 years of age. His lawyer says the priest is staying in “another church location.”
The Hartford Courant reports that the investigation leading to Carey's arrest originated in Los Angeles, when LAPD contacted police in Connecticut about a child porn suspect believed to reside in the state.
Getting to the contents of the computers was not easy. Materials police wanted to view were in a hard drive that was password protected, the affidavit said. Aresco, the author of the affidavit, said Carey had to give him the password.
Aresco said he found 338 files of suspected child pornography, including 275 photos and 63 videos. The children in the images appeared to be under the age of 16, some as young as 2 or 3. The children were naked, posed suggestively, and engaged in "sexually explicit activity," the affidavit said.
America Online had submitted a report to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about the possibility that child pornography had been sent to someone in California via an AOL email account linked to the rectory.
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