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Authorities: 44,000 child porn images found on man's thumb drive at NHC public library

Daniel Luna (Source: NHCSO) Daniel Luna (Source: NHCSO)

Daniel Luna, 56, is a repeat sex offender who has been arrested in New Hanover County twice in the last two months. 

Luna has a record of sex crimes against children dating back to 1988, when he was convicted of sex crimes against a 12-year-old child. He was arrested in Charlotte in 2013 after he was caught viewing and downloading child pornography three times on computers at various Goodwill locations.

Luna was sent to prison, but was recently paroled and ended up in Wilmington. A spokesman for the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office says he was caught on March 4 viewing child porn on the computers at the Employment Security Commission.

Probation and Parole officers were notified about this parole violation, and went with deputies to arrest Luna at the public library in downtown library on March 18. During that arrest, authorities say they found Luna's thumb drive with 44,000 child pornography websites, images and videos.

Luna was taken to prison for what's called a 30 day dip to remind ex-cons why they want to stay out of prison. The New Hanover County Sheriff's office planned to pick up Luna from prison upon his release and charge him with the new crimes related to the thumb drive.

There was confusion about his release date, and Luna was somehow let out of prison on his own, but came back to Wilmington and turned himself in this week to face the new charges.

Luna was initially placed under a $150,000 bond at the New Hanover County Jail. He received an additional charge of second degree sexual exploitation of a minor Friday for videos found in his possession, which increased his bond to $250,000.

A sheriff's spokesman predicts he could spend years behind bars on all of the new felony charges stemming from what was found on the thumb drive.

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