Layton man accused of downloading, possessing almost 40,000 child porn files

Friday , April 13, 2018 - 2:49 PM

FARMINGTON — A Layton man is accused of having thousands of child pornography files on his computer. 

Anthony Allen Chatelain, 49, was booked in jail Thursday afternoon on eight counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony. Chatelain has yet to be formally charged as of Friday afternoon.

On March 7, a Layton Police officer was working undercover when he found an IP address that was sharing child porn on a peer-to-peer network, according to a probable cause statement.

The officer later found that a special agent in the Utah Attorney General’s Office was also working undercover and had noticed the same IP address downloading child porn. The IP address was coming from Chatelain’s Layton home, police say.

On Thursday, members of the Internet Crimes Against Children task force served a search warrant at the home and arrested Chatelain. After being read his rights, police say Chatelain admitted to possessing the child porn. Chatelain told police that he is “highly addicted” to child porn and downloads it daily. 

When police searched his computer, they found nearly 40,000 photos and videos of child porn. 

Chatelain is being held without bail at the Davis County Jail. Hours after Chatelain’s arrest, 2nd District Court Judge John Morris signed off on the order denying Chatelain bail, based on the opinion he is a “substantial danger” to others and the community. 

As of Friday afternoon, Chatelain’s initial court appearance has not yet been scheduled, according to online court documents. 

Contact reporter Jacob Scholl at jscholl@standard.net or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl.

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