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Los Alamos resident David Rael, who was arrested in late May for allegedly downloading child porn onto his computers, was released on a $5,000 cash bond Tuesday. He is due for his next appearance in court mid-August.
Rael was arrested in late May when he showed up in a computer data sweep conducted by the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office about a year ago. Agents assigned to the case were investigating the sharing of child pornography files within the state
In July of last year, agents seized Rael’s computers during their investigation, after tracing and matching computer addresses and download records to Rael’s computers.
In December and February of 2013 officials with the New Mexico Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory met with detectives in the Los Alamos Police Department to discuss their findings.
According to a report from the New Mexico Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory, Rael allegedly downloaded five videos from a peer-to-peer site showing nude girls 11-to- 16 years old involved in various sexual situations. Rael was arrested this May after LAPD detectives were successfully able to build a case against Rael.
During their initial interview with Rael last July when agents from the attorney general’s office confiscated his equipment, Rael denied intentionally viewing child pornography.
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