Police release pictures of man’s alleged “child porn downloading” room

RENSSELAER, N.Y. – Rensselaer County Sheriff's investigators released pictures of what they're calling John Kelly's “child porn downloading room” Thursday.  Kelly is charged with two felony counts of child pornography including possession and promoting the sexual performance of a child.  

Detective Sergeant Shane Holcomb says more than 100 hard drives containing child porn were taken from Kelly's home and are now in evidence. One terabyte external hard drive can hold between 200,000 to one million images.  

“It's disturbing,” Sgt Holcomb said. “[The images] range anywhere from pictures showing nude children to actually rapes of children,” Holcomb said.

Holcomb says he in conjunction with the FBI have spent three months working to charge Kelly; and that's just one of his investigations. Holcomb is in charge of monitoring over 100 people on the sex offender registry in Rensselaer County.

“We unfortunately see this on a daily basis,” Holcomb said. “I think people would be shocked to realize how much it's going, I don't think people realize the depth of it,” Holcomb said.

Kelly yelled expletives at NEWS10 ABC as he walked into court Wednesday night.

“Get that ******* light out of my eye or I'll walk right over your face,” said Kelly, who weighs around 600 pounds.  “**** you, get that on the news? Get out of my face I say,” Kelly said while he pushed a photographer.

Sergeant Holcomb says Kelly was actually downloading child pornography when the FBI and members from Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office executed the search warrant on January 20, 2012.

The Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office is just one agency that works with the FBI's “Cyber Crimes Predator Task Force” to monitor when child pornography is downloaded onto computers in the Capital Region. Holcomb says when investigators were alerted about the images going onto Kelly's computer they got a search warrant to get his IP address which lead to his arrest.

Holcomb says these hard drives are a sad reminder for parents of how the internet has enabled child predators over the past few years.

“Parents need to be very careful of what their children are doing online, they're definitely at risk when they're talking to people they don't know. And, the internet allows for people to remain anonymous and [predators are] very crafty at what they do,” Holcomb said.

Kelly has pled not guilty to all charges and is currently out of jail on a $20,000 bond.

Both the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Rensselaer County Grand Jury will be prosecuting Kelly's case. The Assistant District Attorney Art Kelly says it will be a couple weeks before Kelly's back in court.

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