Crime

Christopher Clark of Mesa Addicted to Child Porn, Wife Does In-Home Child Care

Christopher Clark must know a few things about temptation.

The 53-year-old Mesa man reportedly is obsessed with videos of little kids having sex. Meanwhile, his wife -- a former preschool teacher -- has kept the home full of little kids, as she runs an in-home babysitting service and takes care of several grandchildren.

Authorities have no evidence of any improper hands-on sexual activity by Clark, who works at a Valley Home Depot. But Clark's likely going bye-bye for a while after the discovery of many gigabytes of child-porn video files on his home computer.

Clark was nabbed after a Pennsylvania-based Internet monitoring company, Tiversa, reported to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office that a large amount of apparent child-porn files were being gathered by Clark.

Deputies tracked the IP address of the computer to Clark's home at 4937 East Fox Street in Mesa, and a "substantial" number of child-porn videos were found during an initial review of his hard drive, records state. Many of the videos showed kids who were clearly prepubescent having sex with adults.

Clark "fully admitted" the files were his and that he had an unrestrainable impulse to view videos of both boys and girls engaged in sex acts. His wife had caught him viewing some of the videos six months earlier, he confessed, and he burned child-porn discs he had made in his fireplace. But, he told deputies, he couldn't help himself from downloading more videos.

He denied any "hands-on offenses" despite the presence of many kids in his home, records state.

Clark was booked into jail on suspicion of 10 counts of exploitation of minors.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.