Commissioner resigns after FBI search for child porn

Albert Abrams has resigned from the city's Board of Neighborhood Commissioners, where he was the president, after computers were seized during an FBI search at his home last Friday. The search was looking for child pornography. Channel 2's story on Wednesday night said that Abrams is under investigation "for possessing hundreds of pictures of child pornography" and doesn't deny the accusations. From the L.A. Times blog item:

According to an affidavit filed in court, FBI agents went to Abrams’ home in search of "any records, documents, applications or materials … that identify any minor visually depicted while engaging in sexually explicit conduct."

The affidavit said that agents had "probable cause" to believe that at least one computer at Abrams’ home had child pornography on it.

The agent who filed the affidavit also said he had reason to believe that either Abrams or another person using the Internet connection traced to the Tarzana home had been collecting such images.

The Times says Abrams explained in an interview that back surgery and a growth on his spine had caused "behaviors that were completely out of character." Asked if those included downloading of child pornography, he reportedly said, "That’s a legal question. You’d have to talk to my attorney." To CBS 2, Abrams said "It is what my split personality decided to do. That’s what happens when you have tumors.”

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