Newly released photos of the home where an American suspected of abusing and filming dozens of Filipino children have revealed where David Timothy Deakin allegedly made his illegal videos.
Deakin was arrested on April 20, charged with child pornography, cybercrime, child abuse and child trafficking, according to News.com.au. Deakin, 53, from Peoria, Illinois, denied the charges, but police say they found children's clothing and underwear, along with bondage collars and fetish ropes, scattered around his two-bedroom townhouse.
Photos by The Associated Press show the squalid condition of the home, and the scene of Deakin's arrest by the country's authorities.
Police say they found videos and images of children engaged in sex acts on his computer. Investigators are searching around 30 hard drives to find the identities of victims and suspected customers. Investigators also reportedly found a pipe that can be used to smoke methamphetamine.
Neighbor Bessie Geronimo said tearfully that she had seen children going in and out of the home.
"Oh, I pity those children," Geronimo said.
Deakin is alleged to have been part of the webcam sex tourism industry, where pedophiles in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia pay operators in other countries to abuse children, including babies, on live streams.
The United Nations said that corner of the internet has started an "alarming growth of new forms of sexual exploitation online," according to ABC. According to the FBI, 750,000 child predators are online at any given moment.
"It's not just a virtual crime. It is an actual crime," said Sam Inocencio, a human rights attorney. "Online sexual exploitation is possibly the most evil thing that I've seen."
Deakin told investigators and AP that he was "just a customer."
"I'm a file pack rat," he said to explain the presence of child pornography files on his computer. "I've got files of frigging everything."
"I'm schizophrenic, you know," he said. He also said that he had let guests stay at his home, suggesting "some Danish guy" may have used his computer.
"There was no children in front of the cam in my house, not even dressed, as far as I know, not even with their frigging mothers as far as I know," he added.
Even when police had burst in to raid the home, Deakin was streaming illicit content, according to agents, the man reportedly had a web page open to delete the contents of his phone. Authorities tied his hands with an iPhone charger before he was able to hit the button to wipe his phone.
"You know what you've done in this room," said an investigator to Deakin.