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04-22-09, 08:02 PM #1
Man arrested with child pornography after leering at children outside Covington library
A man who allegedly stalked children in Covington stores, kept a journal with the names of children listed next to sexual acts and owned dozens of pages of child pornography was arrested outside the city's public library branch Tuesday.
Library workers reported George T. Bunch, 52, to police about 3:20 p.m. after they noticed him staring at children and attempting to print porn from the public computers at the Covington branch of the St. Tammany Parish Library System, Covington Police spokesman Capt. Jack West said.
Bunch, who was staying at the Faith Bible Church at 1117 N. Columbia St., told police he wanted to have sex with five-year-old and six-year-old girls and "knew he had a problem," West said.
Police are working to determine whether Bunch acted on these impulses and are combing through his notebooks and photos to identify potential victims in Covington or elsewhere.
"We've got the information and now we're going to have sit down and do some basic police work," West said.
Bunch was trying to print files off a public computer when librarians noticed what he was doing, said Donald Westmoreland, assistant director of the library system. Files are printed at the librarians' desk, Westmoreland said.
Filtering software is installed on all the library's computers, but some sites are able to slip through, Westmoreland said. In addition, images brought up on non-blocked webpages and search sites will show up on the computer, though links to the prohibited sites will not work, he said.
Librarians also noticed Bunch, who told police he worked at a local Wendy's, staring at young children in the building, he said.
"We try to provide a safe environment as much as we can, our doors are open to everybody so it's a very delicate subject," he said. "So when people are obviously looking like they might be stalking others or minors or whatever the case may be we try to keep an eye on that."
When officers arrived, Bunch was standing outside the library holding a plastic shopping bag containing a notebook with a listing of children's names next to descriptions of sexual acts he said he performed with them, West said.
It is unclear whether he actually carried out those acts, however, West said.
"Some of it's going to be fantasy some of it's going to be real," he said.
The bag also contained a soda can that had been converted so it could be used to smoke marijuana. Bunch also was in possession of drugs, West said.
When questioned by officers, Bunch said he was a sex offender who liked to have sex with children and had come to St. Tammany Parish from Natchez, Miss., looking for a half-way house that would allow him to stay, West said. He cooperated with police and allowed them to search his living area at the church, he said.
Bunch is not listed in the FBI's national sex offender registry or in similar databases kept by Louisiana and Mississippi. Officials with the Natchez Police Department and the Adams County Sheriff's Office said they do not have any records indicated he was arrested by their agencies.
At the church, police found child pornography, non-pornographic photos of children who are believed to be from the Covington area and catalogs for children's clothing, West said. Bunch also told police he had followed and watched children in stores in the area, he said.
Officials at the church refused to comment on Bunch's arrest Wednesday.
Bunch was booked with possession of child pornography, possession of drug paraphernalia, third-offense possession of marijuana and possession of drugs in a drug-free zone.
He may be booked with additional charges as the investigation continues, West said.
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