A 35-year-old Queens man was arraigned Tuesday on more than 3,000 counts of child pornography after the authorities found more than 1,500 graphic photos and videos of young girls on his computer, prosecutors said.
The man, Elvis Infante, was caught after the networking Web site Ning notified the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that 12 pornographic images of children had been uploaded in 2009 from an e-mail address used by Mr. Infante, according to court papers.
In November 2010, a detective went to Mr. Infante’s home on Granger Street in Corona, where he lives with his parents and siblings, and found 80 images on his computer of naked girls between 2 and 11 years old, some of them engaging in sex acts, prosecutors said. Mr. Infante, who works as a product designer, told the detective that he had been sent the images by other people, according to court documents.
Further investigation turned up more than 1,000 still photos and 500 videos of child pornography on Mr. Infante’s computer, the Queens district attorney’s office said. He was charged with 1,544 counts of possessing child pornography and 1,544 counts of promoting it by uploading the material, prosecutors said.
A judge set Mr. Infante’s bail at $100,000, the district attorney’s office said. It was not immediately clear whether he had posted it. His lawyer, Thomas McCullough, did not immediately return a call on Tuesday evening.