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In two separate incidents, state police have arrested two local men and charged them with first-degree possession of child pornography.
James Bacon, 61, of 437 Pumpkin Hill Road, Ledyard, and Brian J. Hague, 33, of 38 S. Beechwood Road, East Lyme, were among six men across the state arrested this week on child pornography charges by the state police Computer Crimes Unit.
State police said that on July 24, 2012, the Computer Crimes Unit launched an investigation of child pornography sharing over the Internet that was traced to Bacon’s home. Bacon turned himself in Tuesday on a warrant.
On Oct. 10, police executed a search-and-seizure warrant of Bacon’s home and found 51 images of child pornography. They interviewed Bacon in the unmarked cruiser in the driveway, and Bacon initially told police he had accidentally downloaded child pornography, according to the warrant.
After a 20-minute interview, Bacon signed a written statement saying he had first viewed child pornography a year earlier and that it piqued his curiosity. He estimated he had 35 to 40 videos on his computer but told police he never chatted with young girls online and had no desire to have sexual contact with a child.
Bacon was arraigned Tuesday in New London Superior Court. Judge John J. Nazzaro set bond at $100,000 and transferred the case to Part A, where major crimes are prosecuted.
State police also arrested an East Lyme resident Monday for allegedly distributing photos and videos of child pornography over the Internet.
The Computer Crimes Unit launched an investigation into Brian J. Hague’s activities between August and November 2011.
In December 2012, state police executed a search-and-seizure warrant of his East Lyme home. Police said Hague admitted to distributing pictures and videos of child pornography. Police said there were hundreds of child pornography images on his computer.
Police said the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said 19 images were of known child victims. The images depicted children from ages 4 to 12 being sexually abused.
Hague posted a $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in New London Superior Court on Feb. 20.