It was April 3 when a police task force monitoring child pornography on the internet watched a suspicious file move through a shared network to a computer in Danville.

From there, the task force, headquartered in Bedford County, contacted local police about the file.

As a result, a Danville man has been indicted on 100 counts of possession of child pornography.

John Mark Aaron, 36, was indicted by a Danville Circuit Court grand jury Aug. 26. Police arrested him Aug. 27 and he since has been released on bond.

The case was referred to the Danville Police Department by the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force after they discovered evidence of the crime.

“They contacted us and we moved forward on the case from there,” Danville Police Department Lt. Richard Chivvis said Thursday.

The task force is administered by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

Bedford County Sheriff’s Office investigator R.B. Rowland was monitoring a file believed to contain child pornography during an undercover online investigation, according to a search warrant filed in Danville Circuit Court.

Rowland tracked the file to an internet protocol address on a device at the home where Aaron lives, according to the warrant.

Five laptop computers, CDs, floppy disks, three USB drives, three tablets, a cellphone and other electronic items were seized, according to the warrant.

Aaron turned himself in after consultation with police, according to documents. He currently is out on bond.

Aaron would not talk to the Register & Bee when contacted at his Martindale Drive home.

“I’d rather not discuss anything with you right now,” he said.

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Crane reports for the Register & Bee. He can be reached at (434) 791-7987.

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