Authorities: Man had over 2K images of child porn, claimed he was “curious”

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Guam – A man who’s claiming insanity as a defense in a child porn case had over 2,200 images and movies of child pornography, according to authorities.

The US Attorney’s Office filed its trial brief, detailing the evidence they plan to use against Joseph B. Pangelinan who was indicted by a federal grand jury last November of receiving child pornography.

Court documents say Homeland Security agents were first alerted to a certain IP address in Mangilao, flagging it for downloading known child sex abuse images. Through an investigation, agents were able to determine that a computer linked to the IP address downloaded a movie titled “underage girls enjoying themselves.”

The video, according to authorities, depicted girls between the ages of 10 to 12 engaging in sexually explicit conduct. When investigators seized Pangelinan’s computer, two tablets and cds, they found about 2,280 images and videos of child pornography.

When he was interviewed, authorities say Pangelinan admitted to downloading the illegal content but claimed to have done it because he was “curious about the child sexual abuse images and that he was interested in the Dateline NBC television series titled ‘To Catch a Predator.’”

Court documents indicate that of the more than 2,000 images found in Pangelinan’s possession, 320 image files were identified from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children database. A special agent identified the victims in these image files and notified the legal guardians or legal counsel of the children.

Pangelinan’s defense counsel Atty. Howard Trapp has asserted that his client will claim the insanity defense.

Trial is scheduled to begin on April 19 at 10 a.m.