NBC10- George Spencer
A Delaware County Sunday school teacher and basketball coach is arrested on dozens of counts of possessing child pornography. Steven Almond is held on $350,000 cash bail. NBC10's George Spencer talked to his neighbors.
Steven Almond is a Deacon for Middletown Presbyterian Church, he teaches Sunday School and coaches basketball, but detectives in Delaware County say he was also keeping dozens of child porn videos on his home computer.
On June 13, police searched Almond's home on W. Forestview Road in Parkside and pulled out four computers, a hard drive, flash drives, multiple cell phones and nearly two dozen CD/ DVDs.
Detectives say they found more than 50 videos believed to be child pornography, some of which showed children that appeared to be under the age of 5, according to a police affidavit.
Almond allegedly told police that he had files of teenage pornography on his computer although he said he never had any inappropriate contact with children.
Almond lives just steps away from Parkside Elementary School. He is a coach with the "Upward Bound" basketball league.
The 54-year-old allegedly told detectives that he knew it was illegal to pay for child porn, but he didn't think it was illegal to download child porn since its free and in the public domain.
Almond is facing charges of disseminating photos and films of child sex acts.
The District Attorney's office says he is in jail on $350,000 cash bail.