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Computer repair leads to arrest for child porn

By Tim Acosta

Kingsville police on Monday arrested a 26-year-old man after investigators allegedly discovered videos of child pornography on a computer the individual had sought to repair at a local business.

Lt. Bradley Lile, with the Kingsville Police Department, said officers received a call on Oct. 4 from an employee with a local computer repair business about some items found stored on a customer’s laptop. Store officials reportedly told police that Aaron Alvarez, of Kingsville, brought the laptop in for repair that day.

When employees began working on the computer, they found what appeared to be child pornography stored on the device’s hard drive, Lile said. Kingsville police confiscated the laptop at that time and submitted it to the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Computer Forensics Laboratory for further examination, he added, and “hundreds of videos” of alleged child pornography were discovered.

Lile said the videos were downloaded from the Internet and did not appear to contain any children from the area, though the investigation is ongoing.

Police Chief Ricardo Torres said an arrest warrant was issued on Monday for Alvarez, and detectives with the Kingsville Police Department took him into custody while he was at work later that same day. He was later transferred to the Kleberg County Jail, where he is charged with possession of child pornography.

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