A 71-year-old Taunton man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly possessing nearly 1,000 computer files with pornographic images of children as young as 5 years old, Raynham police said. He also was charged with storing gun improperly.
Guy C. Davis, Jr. had taken his computer to a store for repairs, and on Oct. 25, one of the store’s technicians discovered sexual images of children, said Raynham Police Chief James Donovan. The store, CTS Computers, called the police and handed the computer over to officers.
Donovan said police contacted Davis, gaining his permission to search the computer at the police station. Raynham police then obtained a search warrant for Davis’s computer and discovered a significant amount of child pornographic images, he said.
According to Donovan, Davis said he frequented only pornographic websites with explicit disclaimers saying the individuals featured were all age 18 or older.
Davis could not be reached for comment.
Donovan said Raynham and Taunton police also obtained a search warrant for his apartment, where they found ammunition and at least 10 unsecured firearms, including an assault rifle.
“He was licensed to have them, but you need to have them locked or triggerlocked and secured in Massachusetts,” said Donovan.
Davis was arraigned Thursday on one count of child pornography and 10 counts of improper storage of firearms, and a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf, said Donovan. Davis’s bail increased from $5,000 to $9,500, which is combines the bail set for both the child pornography and gun charges, Donovan said.
Donovan confirmed that an officer, Timothy Grabarz, found 998 files in 29 folders that contained pornographic images of children. He said police are investigating the identities of the child victims — some of whom police estimated could be as young as 5 years old — contained within the images.
Donovan said the police tasked with identifying the child victims will compare information held in a national database for police to try to see if the images are new or if the victims in the images are known to police investigators.
Hung Tran, the owner and manager of CTS Computers, said that while his employees do not look into the private folders of their customers’ computers, in this instance, the sexual images simply popped onto the screen in a bubble that looked as though they could be ready to be copied to a CD.
“It was disturbing. So I had to call the police right away,” Tran said.
“We don’t tolerate those things in here. We don't go looking for them, but if it is something like that, where it just comes up, and it’s brought to our attention, we have to notify police,” he said.
“I think that’s excellent on their part to report it, to not just ignore it,” said Donovan. “ ... I’ve heard that some computer companies or services will choose to ignore soemthing like that. That’s troubling.”Alyssa Creamer can be reached at email@example.com.