Saturday, November 27, 2004

A cop, porn, and risk of injury to a minor

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All in the day of the life of some Connecticut cops.

Officer Facing Porn Charge Risk Of Injury Count Lodged

November 27, 2004 By KEN BYRON, Courant Staff Writer

NEW BRITAIN -- A nine-year veteran of the police department who served a year in Iraq with the National Guard was arrested Friday and charged with risk of injury to a minor in connection with viewing adult and child pornography on a home computer also used by a 14-year-old girl.

Angel Escobales, 35, was staying with the girl, her 3-year-old brother and the children's mother during the time he is accused of viewing the pornography more than two years ago.

According to court records, Escobales had set up the computer so that it went directly to a pornography site when one of the Internet browsing programs was used. The girl discovered this when she used that program and unexpectedly was confronted with graphic pornography, according to an affidavit for Escobales' arrest warrant.

The girl told her mother about it and the woman confronted Escobales. But according to the affidavit, the girl continued discovering links to porn sites on the computer. The woman told police that Escobales had used her America Online account to access porn sites and when she used her AOL account the computer went to sexually explicit sites instead of the AOL home site.

Police Chief William Sencio said in a written statement Friday that Escobales is on a paid administrative leave while the charge is pending. Sencio said the charge against Escobales is not related to his conduct while on duty.

According to the affidavit, when investigators confronted Escobales he admitted viewing pornography on the computer.

Police started investigating when the girl's mother filed a complaint in October. Officials did not make clear the relationship between Escobales and the mother. The woman bought the computer in 2000 while Escobales was staying with her and her children and he moved out a few months later. But he used the computer until early in 2002, according to court records. The most recent pornography investigators found on the computer's hard drive dated to February 2002, according to the affidavit.

The police department hired Escobales in June 1995. He served in Iraq with the 143rd Military Police Company of the National Guard and also is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm. It was not clear Friday if he still is a member of the National Guard.

Escobales was arraigned Friday in Superior Court, where a judge set bail at $100,000 and ordered that he be held. At the request of prosecutors, Escobales is being held in protective custody away from the general prison population because he is a police officer.

His lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Lorenzo Smith, requested $25,000 bail. Smith said it is unlikely that Escobales would try to flee the state to avoid prosecution. He also said that Escobales has cooperated with investigators and was fully aware that his arrest was pending.

The above came from the Hartford Courant website.

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