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Warrant: Man's porn collection included friend's daughters

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HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. -

A Holly Springs man who faces child porn charges was uncovered when a friend found scores of disturbing images on the man's computer.

Christopher Bova, 44, was arrested March 15 on child porn charges.

Wednesday, newly released court documents describe in graphic detail the hundreds of images found on his computer and how a friend of Bova's discovered the stash.

According to court documents, the man was house-sitting for Chris Bova and turned on Bova's computer because he was suspicious about why Bova was so secretive about the device.

The police affidavit says the house sitter even found pictures of his own two daughters on Bova's computer, including one image of his daughter that was being used as the computer's wallpaper.

The documents say the wallpaper image showed the house sitter's daughter in a bathing suit and surrounded by sexually suggestive images that included one of Bova.

As word about the contents of the court documents made its way through the neighborhood where Bova lives, reaction was strong.

Neighbor Iman Budwan asked, "Has he done anything to the kids in this neighborhood? It's definitely scary."

According to documents, police found numerous images of small children, some said to be as young as 4, engaged in sexual activity stored on Bova's computer.

"I never thought it would be someone in my neighborhood," said Budwan.

No one at Bova's home answered the door when WNCN tried to ask about the allegations.

"I was shocked when I read that," said neighbor Chris Collins, referring to the court documents.

"I've known Chris for five years. Our kids play together on the street," Collins said. "We're a close-knit neighborhood. It's just hard to believe."

After reading the allegations in the court documents, another neighbor said she hopes her kids weren't exposed to anything disturbing. 

"I've always told my children not to go into other people's houses so hopefully they haven't been in there too often, " said Karin Newton.  "I know they haven't seen anything or they would have mentioned it to me." 

Other neighbors say they want to wait and see how the charges play out.

"He's innocent 'til proven guilty," said neighbor Pat Maliszewski. "If (he's) guilty then I would expect our justice system to do what needs to be done."

Bova is currently free on bond.

Steve Sbraccia

Steve is an award-winning reporter for WNCN and former assistant professor. A seasoned professional, Steve is proud to call the Triangle home since 2005 after over two decades in Boston, Mass.  More>>

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