Police: Westport teen downloaded child sexual abuse images

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A file photo of a Westport, Conn., police cruiser.

A file photo of a Westport, Conn., police cruiser.

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WESTPORT — A town teen has been charged after police say he downloaded child sexual abuse imagery and tried to tamper with evidence during the law enforcement investigation.

Sam Gold, 19, was charged Saturday with second-degree possession of child pornography, tampering with evidence, interfering with a search and interfering with an officer.

Police said the department was notified on April 4, 2020 that a town resident was possibly downloading child sexual abuse imagery onto his computer.

The sergeant overseeing the investigation tracked down the IP address of the computer being used to download the suspected images, and it came back to a Westport home, police said. Investigators obtained a search warrant to examine the computers and electronic devices at the address.

“During the execution of the search warrant, one of the residents, Sam Gold, allegedly tampered with some of the devices that the investigating detectives were attempting to inspect,” police said.

Investigators found suspected images of child sexual abuse imagery that Gold allegedly downloaded, police said. A warrant was applied for an granted to charge Gold.

Gold turned himself in on the warrant at police headquarters Saturday morning.

He was released after posting a $100,000 bond. He’s scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.