SANTIAGO – A man identified only as T.P. has been ordered held without bail after a thief who stole his cellphone and found child pornography on the device reported the discovery, Chilean authorities said Thursday.
Prosecutors charged T.P. with sexual abuse of minors and possession of child pornography.
The theft occurred last week in Santiago’s Renca district.
The thief, a 30-year-old man, discovered the porn, including images of child rape, and decided to deliver the phone’s memory card to an organization that works with at-risk children.
“I know that you work with children and I want to give you this card. I stole it, but when I reviewed it I saw that it contained child pornography,” the thief told the organization, according to a report in Las Ultimas Noticias newspaper.
The organization reported the case to police, which led to the detention of T.P. once investigators verified that he was the individual appearing in the videos.
The suspect had 410 photographs and videos with sexual content, some of them including his partner’s 8-year-old daughter.