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Burwell Avenue Man Facing Charges in Child Pornography Case

Southington police said an investigation into information received in 2008 led to the discovery of numerous photographs and videos of children and underage teenagers involved in sexually explicit behavior.

It took several years before the was able to extract information from Terry Hendricks computer, but an investigation into information received in 2008 eventually led to the arrest of the Burwell Avenue man late last month.

Henricks, 49, of 6 Burwell Ave. in Southington, turned himself into police in late June after learning there was a warrant for his arrest in connection with the importation and storage of child pornography on his computer and other related software in his possession.

He was arraigned in Bristol Superior Court on June 29 and charged with first-degree possession of child pornography and importing child porn. He posted a $10,000 surety bond following arraignment, according to court records.

“The investigation was initiated in July 2008 following information received by our detectives,” said Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz. “We conducted a search warrant at his home and took possession of his computer and other materials related to the investigation.”

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According to a police report, officers seized his computer, related software and 41 separate storage discs in his possession after obtaining a search warrant in the case. The equipment contained “numerous videos and other images” but reports did not indicate how much pornography he had at the time.

Police said when the equipment was first seized, it was turned over to the Connecticut State Police Forensics Lab in Meriden for analysis, but the case was not deemed to be a high priority and fell to the wayside as the lab began developing a backlog.

When the was able to train and appoint a computer forensics specialist, however, detectives requested the equipment be taken back to Southington.

Dobratz said that was when the videos and images were discovered.

The videos and images showed explicit and provocative images of children under 18 in sexual poses or acts, police reports said. Although the number of videos and images contained in Hendricks’ possession is unclear, police said it was “more than a few.”

Hendricks is due back in Bristol Superior Court on July 26.

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