HINSDALE — A man arrested in West Virginia after fleeing a child pornography investigation is now indicted on 15 counts of possession of child sexual abuse images.
Gary Coonrod, 47, went missing with his then-girlfriend, Tiffany Weeks, and her 5-year-old son as police were investigating him for the alleged possession of child pornography. He was arrested hours after police issued a public notice on March 12. Weeks and her child have since resettled out of state.
This week, the grand jury convened in the Cheshire County Superior Court in Keene and handed up 15 felony indictments for images recovered from his computer. Hinsdale police began investigating Coonrod, a Pleasant Street resident, after Weeks, 28, told her therapist that Coonrod has child pornography on his hard drive.
According to the affidavit written by Hinsdale Police Chief Todd Faulkner, the therapist called police after learning about Coonrod’s alleged child pornography stash. Officers then spoke to Weeks, who said she made the discovery while her son was playing with one of Coonrod’s old cell phones, Faulkner wrote.
Weeks noticed a story on the phone about two men who have sex with a child, Faulkner wrote. Upset by the story, Weeks called Coonrod’s daughter in West Virginia, Kyla Coonrod. She told Weeks to look for an external hard drive. Weeks found the hard drive and plugged it into her computer, and found “lots” of child sex abuse images, mostly of young girls, Faulkner wrote.
Weeks confronted Coonrod through Facebook Messenger, and in their conversation he told her the images sexually excite him.
Police interviewed Coonrod on March 8. He told officers that he downloaded the images years ago, and kept them stored on the external hard drive, Faulkner wrote. He told police he recently downloaded stories that detail sexual assaults of children.
As police prepared an arrest warrant, Coonrod fled the state, along with his girlfriend and her child. Police sent out public alerts about Coonrod, out of fear for the child’s safety. Coonrod was arrested in West Virginia, and Weeks and her son were reportedly not harmed.