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Podiatrist had 1,100 child porn images in his office, DA says

Pete ThomasA Santa Ana podiatrist suspected of possessing more than 1,100 child pornography images on his office computer has been ordered to appear in court Thursday. 

Pete Thomas, 58, of Long Beach could face a maximum sentence of three years in state prison and lifetime sex offender registration if convicted on child pornography charges, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.

On Oct. 15, a man from an imaging company installed a scanner on an office computer for Thomas, who worked at Coastline Podiatry in Santa Ana, authorities said.

The man, who authorities said noticed thumbnail images of young girls on the computer, told his supervisor and the incident was reported to the Santa Ana Police Department.

Two weeks later, police investigated the images on the computer and found that they depicted girls from 7 to 12 years old in various stages of undress and involved in sexual acts with grown men, prosecutors said.

Thomas was arrested Dec. 11. Authorities are continuing to investigate the case.

Anyone with additional information can call district attorney's office investigator Anthony Sosnowski at (714) 347-8794.

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Photo: Booking photo of Pete Thomas. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office

 
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