Brother Of Las Vegas Shooter Charged With Child Pornography Possession

Bruce Douglas Paddock is accused of having more than 600 pornographic images of children or youths.

A brother of the Las Vegas mass shooter Stephen Paddock was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of possessing child pornography. According to the Los Angeles Times, 58-year-old Bruce Douglas Paddock was arrested in LA for reportedly possessing hundreds of images of child pornography,

Authorities have filed 20 criminal charges against Bruce in regard to child pornography or the sexual exploitation of children. Bruce is accused of having more than 600 pornographic images of children or youths, including 10 or more images showing a subject younger than 12.

The Los Angeles Police Department said the child porn investigation of Bruce has nothing to do with Stephen's October 1 shooting in Las Vegas. LAPD spokesman Josh Rubenstein said this investigation began before the mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

"There's no connection," he said.

The NY Times added that it's unclear whether the two brothers had been in contact. 

Earlier this month, we reported that investigators were looking into Stephen's past following the shooting. In documents obtained by CNN, Stephen was revealed to have been a high-stakes gambler. Stephen described himself as one of the "biggest video poker players in the world ... I'll gamble all night. I sleep during the day ... I do not do sun." He said he had gambled upwards of $1 million each night and often stayed for free as a high roller at hotels about "95% of the time."

Prior to this arrest, Bruce had several run-ins with the law, including vandalism, burglary and arson. According to court records, he was charged with assault and battery and criminal contempt of court in 1989, but the charges were later dismissed. He was also charged with annoying a child under 18 in 1993, though he was acquitted.

[Photo: LAPD]

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