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Second Arrest Made In Child Pornography Bust

A convicted child molester is the second person arrested in connection with a child pornography bust in Pascagoula.

Pascagoula Police arrested Gary Lynn Cooley, 34, at his house on Fisher Street on Friday. Cooley is already listed as a registered sex offender with the state department of public safety.

Cooley's  brother, Randy Lamar Cooley, 33, was arrested Thursday at the same house after investigators went in and discovered explicit pictures of little girls stored on a computer.

Investigators spent most of Friday examining evidence they described as "disturbing." They believe the Internet was the main source for all of the graphic pictures.  It's a trend they say is turning up in more and more cases.

"I'm frightened about child porn," Assistant Discrict Attorney Ben Saucier said.  "The reason I'm frightened about it is because the Internet is providing a thread to every home for child porn to come right in."

Investigators believe the Internet is what allowed Randy Cooley to collect thousands of graphic pictures of children on several different home computers.  Saucier believes that easy access is why more people are getting into child pornography and causing more children to be abused.

"Think of the one group of people that can't protect themselves. A child can't protect themselves, and many times they don't even realize what they are doing."

State law bans all exposure to child pornography, including looking at pictures on the net. The law reads, "No person shall posses any photograph, drawing, sketch, film or video tape which depicts a child engaging in sexually explicit conduct."

While home computers are the main vehicle to finding graphic material, they also turn out to be the best piece of evidence for police when making a case against child pornography.

"The thing a lot of people don't realize is they think they can scan it, then remove it from their computer. Very likely the computer has retained it even if they have tried to get rid of it."

Those digital clues are what the district attorney's office says, they are going to rely more on in the future.

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