Stamford man charged with child porn possession
STAMFORD — A West Side pharmaceutical medical writer has been accused of downloading and sharing pictures of children having sex with adults.
Edward Parr, 57, of West North Street, has been charged with first-degree possession of child pornography and promotion of a minor in an obscene performance.
State police arrested Parr on Tuesday and he was released after posting $100,000 bond. Parr’s attorney, Hubert Santos, declined to comment following his client’s arraignment at the Stamford courthouse.
According to Parr’s five-page arrest affidavit, a state police investigator working in the Computer Crimes and Electronic Evidence Laboratory discovered a computer downloaded three files of suspected child pornography in July and August 2017.
The officer traced the IP address to Parr, the affidavit said. On Dec. 21, 2017, members of Connecticut State Police Computer Crimes Unit and Stamford police executed a search and seizure warrant at Parr’s home and seized his computers.
According to his arrest affidavit, Parr told a state trooper he used a peer-to-peer sharing device to find child pornography, but said he did not realize anyone could download the files he obtained.
The investigating officer downloaded five image files and five videos from Parr’s computer between July and November, the affidavit said. Four of the videos depicted children engaged in sexually explicit acts, the affidavit said.
Parr, who has a PhD in neuroscience and a bachelor’s degree in cellular, molecular and microbial biology, said he erased the files after downloading them because he knew it was wrong to view them, the affidavit said.
Parr said he never had any inappropriate contact with children and has never been accused of doing anything wrong with children, the affidavit said.
“I also download the child porn out of a disbelief that the child porn was available, that there was so much out there and that this was happening in the real world,” he said, according to his statement in the affidavit.
“I have no intention of sharing the child porn I downloaded and I have no desire to have any inappropriate contact with a child,” he said, according to the affidavit.