Woman can't believe cousin had child porn

Woman can't believe cousin had child porn

DECATUR -- It still seems like a bad dream. Police showed up at a woman's front door and arrested her cousin for child pornography.
DECATUR -- It still seems like a bad dream. Police showed up at a woman's front door and arrested her cousin for child pornography.

Police say the man had thousands of lewd images on his computer. 61-year old Thomas Price pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Police say the pictures were of young girls, some as young as 12-months old. His cousin says she had no idea it was going on in the next room.

"The detectives came to the door and asked if I had a computer."

So Dana Lercher says she let them inside and showed them to her computer.

"They said that they had been told through Comcast that there'd been pornography on the Internet."

Shocked, she told police this had to be a mistake so they turned it on.

"I said, 'I just can't believe it,' so they pulled up a couple of things and showed me. They said, 'I want to show you what's on your computer.'"

There it was. 27 videos and more than 1,700 pictures of naked girls; all ages ranging from as young as 12-months to 9-years old.

"He asked if I did child pornography and I said, 'no' and he said, 'well who else lives here?'" Lercher said.

She told them her cousin, Thomas Price, had been living with her for awhile.

"I'm still really in shock."

Lercher says Price is on the board of directors at their church, has three kids of his own and had never been in trouble with the law.

"It made me sick. I couldn't believe he had done it but the picture was on there."

Police say Price admitted to looking at the pornography but he didn't think it was illegal. Lercher knows what he did was wrong but is standing by him anyway.

"I know I have been judgemental sometimes when I was not aware of the circumstances. But I've learned a lesson from this; don't judge."

Price's pretrial hearing is on November 25.
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