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Las Vegas Shooter's Brother Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

Bruce Paddock, brother of Las Vegas mass-shooter Stephen Paddock, was arrested in Valley Village, CA on Wednesday October 25th on suspicion of possessing child pornography. News footage showed Paddock being wheeled out of an assisted living facility in a wheelchair and being loaded into a police van.

Paddock is facing 20 counts - 1 felony charge for possession of more than 600 child pornography images, and 19 misdemeanor charges for sexual exploitation of a child. Police began investigating Paddock after he was found squatting in a business in Sun Valley. Police discovered evidence linking Paddock to the child pornography after he was evicted.

Paddock spoke to news outlets after his brother's infamous October 1st shooting, saying he had not spoken with his brother for over a decade. He claimed to not understand his brother's rationale for the mass murder or why he killed himself. Paddock's child pornography case predates the shooting, according to police. At this time it is not believed that there is any connection between the investigation and the shooting, and Bruce Paddock is not considered a suspect in the Las Vegas shooting. 

Bruce Paddock has a criminal record that includes convictions for vandalism, theft, and criminal threats. Bruce and Stephen's father, Benjamin Paddock, was a bank robber who was at one time on the FBI's most-wanted list. The FBI has joined forces with the LAPD investigation into Bruce Paddock, but LAPD will remain the lead agency as the investigation is not a federal case. 

Paddock, who police believe to be a transient, is being held at the Metroplitan Detention Center on $60,000 bail. 

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