A Wake County magistrate ordered an Apex man held on $500,000 bail following his arrest on 11 counts of having pornographic video computer files that involved children between 8 and 12 years old, including three that police said showed were part of a nationally infamous series of videos.
Peter Tomaino, 50, of 15130 Broadstone Way in Apex, was arrested at his home Wednesday morning, according to records.
Police had sworn out arrest warrants accusing Tomaino of 11 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a child.
Three of the videos, Detective J.B. MacMonagle said in the arrest warrants, are part of the “Vicky” series of child pornography.
Law enforcement authorities have said that the “Vicky” videos are among the most widely distributed child pornography.
The series has been cited in court cases, and it lent its name to 2014 federal legislation, filed by Sen Orrin Hatch of Utah, that tried to set up a way to determine how much victims shown in child pornography should be awarded for damages.
A statement from the adult “Vicky” about the damage that being seen in the videos as a child did to her was used in the prosecution of a retired New York Police Department detective in 2011, The New York Times reported.
A similar widely distributed series, called the “Amy” videos, was cited in a U.S. Supreme Court case in which the court said victims had little chance of collecting true damages because pornography that shows them being abused as children is distributed over and over.
Tomaino was held for a Thursday court appearance.