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Child porn case in O.C. hinges on computer discs found by relative

A Newport Beach man's female relative accidentally stumbled upon child pornography when looking for blank computer discs, authorities allege.

The relative allegedly found two videos on them — one depicting a girl believed to be between 10 and 12 who was performing oral sex — according to a search warrant affidavit.

Alex Bassinne, 50, faces up to nine years and four months in state prison for the three felonies of which he stands accused, including possession of child pornography and lewd acts with a child, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. He was arrested May 3 and has posted $100,000 bail.

From October 2006 to May 2010, Bassinne lived with his wife and daughter in a Laguna Niguel home of a relative while his Balboa Peninsula home was being built, court documents indicate.

After the family left to live in Newport, other family members moved into the Laguna Niguel home, where the seemingly blank disks allegedly containing the child pornography were found in 2011. They were in a desk that was being stored in the home's garage.

Items seized by authorities from Bassinne's peninsula home included a gun and black folder filled with "several pages of photos, including [a] picture of a nude child," according to a summary of the search warrant. Also confiscated were phones, external hard drives and two computers.

Bassinne is also accused of molesting two girls between 2009 and 2010 while he was a teacher in the Santa Ana Unified School District, according to the D.A.'s office.

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-- Lauren Williams, Times Community News

 
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