Man faces 102 counts for child pornography

A Lauderdale County grand jury has added to the number of child pornography charges against a Killen man who was originally arrested Aug. 15.

David Paul Gruber, 190 Cedar Cove Lane, Killen, now faces 102 counts of illegal possession of child pornography, the district attorney’s office said Wednesday.

District Attorney Chris Connolly said Gruber has been notified of the indictment and additional charges, which were handed down by grand jurors late last week.

Gruber, who lists his occupation as an independent financial adviser, was originally arrested by Florence police in mid-August and charged with 38 counts of possession of child pornography.

Investigators said at the time that Gruber’s residence was searched and a personal computer was confiscated.

Connolly said the computer was taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science office in Huntsville for examination.

Authorities said the forensic review found 64 more images of children under the age of 17 who were engaged in sexual acts.

They added the images were found on the computer hard drive even though someone apparently tried to erase the images.

Investigators said it does not appear that any of the images are of local children.

Connolly said Gruber, 67, a retired lieutenant colonel, remains out of jail, with bail set at $50,000.

Florence police said the investigation began when they were contacted by a computer technician who Gruber had contacted to determine why his computer was running slowly.

The technician told police that during the process of repairing the computer, he found 38 images of child pornography.

Gruber is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 18.

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