‘A danger to the community’: Accused child rapist charged with possession of child pornography
BRIDGEPORT — An Easton man, accused last week of raping two 8-year-old girls, was arrested again during his arraignment on Monday after police said they found incriminating photos on his tablet computer.
Robert McGuire, 40, of Adams Road, was charged Monday with first-degree possession of child pornography and employing a minor in an obscene performance.
On Friday, McGuire was charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault, two counts of illegal sexual contact, and risk of injury to a child.
A police report obtained by Hearst Connecticut Media states that following his arrest, McGuire agreed to give police his passwords for two computer tablets and his cell phone, all recovered from his home. The report states, on one of the tablets, police found more than 50 photographs of the crime.
During McGuire’s arraignment hearing, Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Tiffany Lockshier called McGuire a “danger to the community” and urged Superior Court Judge Alex Hernandez to set a high bond.
“There was a large amount of photographic evidence that corroborates the victims’ allegations,” Lockshier said.
McGuire’s lawyer, Edward Gavin, argued that any high bond would be academic but he asked that it be less than $1 million so that his client will remain at the Bridgeport Correctional Center rather than be transferred to a maximum security prison.
Judge Hernandez ordered McGuire held in lieu of $750,000 bond and continued the case to Aug. 4.
McGuire, who participated in the hearing via video from the basement lockup, showed no emotion.
“We look forward to receiving the discovery information from the state so we can aggressively defend Mr. McGuire on these serious charges,” Gavin said as he left the Fairfield County Courthouse.
Easton police said they received a call on July 1 from Yale-New Haven Hospital reporting they had two juveniles who had been admitted to the hospital to be examined for signs of sexual abuse and trauma. Police said the victims were interviewed on July 9 with the assistance of The Family Justice Center in Bridgeport. McGuire was arrested on a warrant the following day.
The warrant affidavit has been sealed.