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Doctor possessed more than 1,000 child porn images, police say

December 11, 2012 | 10:48 pm

Dr. Pete ThomasA Santa Ana foot doctor was arrested Tuesday on a warrant accusing him of possessing more than 1,000 images of child pornography on his company computer.

Dr. Pete Thomas, 58, of Coastline Podiatry in Santa Ana, surrendered to a judge Tuesday and was booked into Santa Ana jail before being released on $50,000 bail, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

The images were first discovered by a computer technician who was servicing company computers, Bertagna said. The technician told his bosses, who alerted police in late October.

Detectives then seized the computer, and upon being granted a search warrant, sent it to an FBI forensics lab, authorties said. There, investigators located more than 1,000 images of children between age 7 and “early teenage years,” who were  “involved in sex acts with other kids and adults,” Bertagna said.

“Right now, there is no evidence that he’s had any personal contact with the children in the photographs,” Bertagna added.

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