Florence Police Disturbed By Largest Child Porn Case Ever

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – An investigator is calling it the worst case of child pornography he has ever had to work.

This evening, a Shoals man is behind bars charged with more than 10-thousand counts of possessing child pornography.

Investigators tell WHNT News 19, 10,150 images of child pornography have been found on confiscated computers, tablets and hard drives thus far.

Florence Police Department’s Child Sex Crimes Investigator Keith Johnson said the number could possibly triple as forensics expert’s dive deeper into the confiscated electronics.

“If this person did not decide to call us, we would’ve never known about it,” explained Johnson. “When she called and talked to me, I got the search warrant and went to his house and confiscated all the items.”

Johnson said the person came across the child porn pictures while using a computer that belonged to David Erick Gray.

In September, Gray was arrested and charged with 150 counts of possessing child pornography.

Since the initial investigation started, 10,000 more pictures have been found.

And Johnson said five incidents that involved Gray sexually abusing an adult on video was also found on the computers, leading to five counts of Sexual Abuse being filed against him.

“Sooner or later, the pictures are not going to do it for them anymore, and they are going to look for a child, and they could molest the child,” explained Investigator Johnson.

Forensics experts told Johnson up to 30,000 images of child pornography could be found on the computers from Gray’s home.

Court documents show David Erick Gray was released from jail on bond earlier this week to attend a sexual addiction facility in Pennsylvania.

Thursday night, Gray is back in the Lauderdale County Detention Center with a $5-million bail.

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