FBI arrests Chester man for child porn charges - NBC12 - Richmond, VA News

FBI arrests Chester man for child porn charges

Posted: Updated:
CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

A man in Chester is facing charges after federal investigators raided his home late last month. Harry Lee Palmquist, Jr. is accused of downloading and sharing child porn from a computer.

FBI agents launched an undercover, internet investigation into Palmquist's online activity, during a period from at least September through October of 2012. An arrest affidavit says Palmquist allegedly admitted he's been downloading child porn for a decade. The report says he was sharing at least 69 videos or pictures at one time, during one point in the investigation.

Neighbors to the home on Talleywood Court in Chester say a slew FBI agents raided the house early in the morning.

Carrie Jordan, who lives a few houses down the block, says her son watched the commotion.

"There was a bunch of unmarked cars, policeman in vests.... No one knew what was going on," described Jordan.

The affidavit says investigators tracked Harry Palmquist's computer IP address. Documents say he used a file-sharing website to download graphic child porn. Investigators say other users could then upload files from his computer.

The report describes the videos allegedly downloaded by Palmquist. They involve men and women performing heinous acts, sexually assaulting children as young as three years old.    

The documents report FBI agents discovered a locked room upstairs. They say Palmquist was the only one who knew the combination to the lock to get inside. The affidavit says he referred to the room as his "fortress."

Investigators report seizing a computer from the room, filled with child porn files. FBI agents say they asked Palmquist what he thought about others being able to download from his computer. The affidavit says Palmquist replied, "I don't care. If I can download it, other people can too, and at least they don't have access to my whole computer."

Neighbors say Palmquist, or  "J.R." was living in his girlfriend's house. NBC12 was unable to reach him or his attorney.

Palmquist is currently out of jail. His next court date hasn't been listed. Follow NBC12 for continued updates on this story.

Copyright 2013 WWBT NBC12.  All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow