Photos lead to child-porn arrest
Man faces 766 counts of possessing child pornography
By Kim Hackett
Published Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 4:30 a.m.
Last updated Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 4:38 a.m.
VENICE — A man was arrested and charged with 766 counts of possession of child pornography Wednesday, three months after computer technicians spotted hundreds of graphic photos of children on his computer and called police.
Douglas Monks, 57, who lives and manages an apartment building in the 1200 block of Barbara Drive, is being held at the county jail on $250,000 bail.
Monks' "My Documents" folder contained a file called "preteen gay porn" and contained about 4,000 images, said Venice police spokesman Tom McNulty.
He said police could clearly identify 766 underage victims, boys and girls, some as young as about 5, McNulty said. The pictures included child rape, he said.
McNulty said the graphic images of children and adults engaging in sexual acts were "so disgusting that our investigators had to stop" what they were doing to regain their composure. "We charged him with every one of them. We're not going to tolerate it; it's disgusting."