WATERTOWN — Watertown Police arrested an Oakville man on a variety of charges related to alleged child pornography found in his possession.
On Tuesday, March 28, Watertown Police detectives arrested Shawn Bivens, 39, of 96 Colonial Street, Oakville, on the charges of first-degree possession of child pornography, employing a minor in an obscene performance, obscenity and voyeurism.
According to Det. Mark Conway, the investigation began in August 2017, when Watertown Police identified Mr. Bivens as having allegedly shared 27 images of child pornography through a Gmail account.
Police say that the images depicted girls ranging from approximately two to 12 years old being sexually assaulted by adult men.
On March 28, Watertown detectives and patrol officers executed a search warrant at Mr. Bivens residence and seized numerous computers and media devices. Preliminary examination showed the presence of hundreds of images of child pornography on Mr. Bivens cell phone.
Detectives also recovered images from what appears to be a hidden camera that had been set up in a private bathroom, which is why Mr. Bivens was charged with voyeurism.
Further investigation into the devices seized from Mr. Bivens is ongoing.
Mr. Bivens was held on a $250,000 bond and was set to be arraigned in the Waterbury Superior Court on March 29.