Connecticut State Police have arrested a Wallingford man charged with illegal possession of child pornography after investigators uncovered he was sharing child porn files on a peer-to-peer computer network, according to police.
According to court documents, 51-year-old Jeffrey Krahling was arrested Thursday. Police said the investigation into Krahling began in June 2017 when a member of the Connecticut State Police Computer Crimes and Electronic Evidence Laboratory found suspected child porn on a public peer-to-peer file sharing network.
Peer-to-peer file sharing networks are used to share files between computers. The files are stored on one computer and made searchable and available for download to others within the network.
Court documents state that investigators tracked the files back to Krahling. When Krahling’s personal laptop was searched, investigators found 38 still images and 15 videos of suspected child pornography. Investigators said there were girls in the images that appeared to be between 4 to 14 years old.
The search also revealed that Krahling had an extensive search history on the topics of child porn, including child pornography cases that had been in the news and topics like “can police detect downloading on peer 2 peer” and “how do police search warrant for child porn.”
Krahling was charged with first-degree possession of child pornography in this case and issued a $750,000 bond and was arraigned Thursday.
Authorities said the suspect has a criminal history. Meriden police confirmed that he at one point worked as a dentist and was charged with sexually assaulting three patients. The court case is ongoing.
He was also arrested and convicted of DWI in 2015.