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Norwich man charged with possession of child pornography

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Norwich — A police investigation of a man's death on Boswell Avenue on May 29 led police to search the cellphone of a second man, which allegedly revealed more than 200 images of child pornography, police said.

Gerald T. Mayher, 61, of 46 Boswell Ave., No. 1, was charged Thursday on a warrant with possession of child pornography. He was held on a $100,000 bond and was arraigned Friday in Norwich Superior Court.

Police said they were called to 46 Boswell Ave. on a report of an unresponsive male on the sidewalk. They discovered the body of George Goss, whose age and address were not provided in the warrant. A state medical examiner found no evidence of injury or trauma and told police Goss’ death was likely “intox” related.

Police reviewed city surveillance camera images that showed Goss had entered the apartment with another man later identified as Mayher at 4 p.m. the previous day and at 9:24 p.m., Mayher allegedly was seen dragging Goss out of the building and leaving him on the sidewalk.

Police said they initially sought the cellphone data as part of the investigation into Goss’ death and whether Mayher had communicated the incident to anyone.

According to the warrant, police said they discovered 12 images of young girls estimated to be between 8 and 12 years old performing sexual acts or posing nude. Police returned to Mayher’s apartment to seize the cellphone to investigate further.

A second, more extensive search of the phone allegedly revealed 214 images of young girls and boys estimated to be between 7 and 11 years old engaged in sexual activity or posing nude.

Police said Mayher told them he found the images on a website and took screenshot photos rather than download them. He told police he knew it was “kiddie porn” but said he thought it was all “legal porn.”

The warrant on the pornography charge did not contain information on whether any charges would be sought in relation to Goss’ death.

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