Brother of Las Vegas Shooter Pleads Not Guilty to Child Pornography Charges

The LAPD says the investigation into Bruce Paddock began after evidence was discovered inside a business in Sun Valley

A brother of the Las Vegas mass killer pleaded not guilty Friday in downtown Los Angeles to felony charges of possessing hundreds of images of child pornography.

Bruce Paddock was ordered to remain jailed in Los Angeles in lieu of $60,000 bail. Arraignment was originally scheduled for Thursday, but was delayed due to an unspecified medical issue.

Paddock, 58, was arrested Wednesday at an assisted living facility in the 5300 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard in North Hollywood. During Friday's 15-minute hearing, Paddock's public defender asked that he be released and monitored at the assisted living home because of back problems.

The judge did not immediately grant the request. A bail review hearing is set for Oct. 3. 

A felony complaint filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court outlines 20 criminal charges of child pornography and sexual exploitation of a child against Paddock. He's accused of being in possession of more than 600 images of child or youth pornography, including 10 or more images of a minor under 12 years old.

According to the LAPD, the investigation into Paddock began "after evidence was discovered inside a business located in the 9000 block of San Fernando Road in Sun Valley."

"Paddock had been squatting inside the business and after his eviction, the evidence was discovered," according to the LAPD. "At the time of the initial investigation, Paddock was a transient and could not be located."

He was found Wednesday morning at the Laurel Canyon Boulevard address and arrested by a task force that also included the FBI. News footage showed him in a wheelchair being loaded into a van by police officers.

The criminal complaint against Bruce Paddock indicates that his alleged crimes were committed in 2014.

The LAPD said the investigation began before Paddock's 64-year-old brother holed up in a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas and shot hundreds of concertgoers at a country music festival the night of Oct. 1, killing 58 people before taking his own life. The criminal complaint against Bruce Paddock indicates that his alleged crimes were committed in 2014.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said there was no known connection between the Bruce Paddock investigation and the Las Vegas shooting.

The LAPD circulated his photo "in case there may be victims of unreported incidents" and call Lt. Andrea Grossman at 562-624-4027, or 877-LAPD-247.

Bruce Paddock spoke to various reporters after the Oct. 1 Las Vegas shooting, saying he had not been in touch with his brother for a decade.

"I don't know how he could stoop to this low point, hurting someone else," Paddock told NBC News. "It wasn't suicide by cop since he killed himself. He killed a bunch of people and then killed himself so he didn't have to face whatever it was."

According to NBC News and other outlets, Bruce Paddock has a criminal record that includes convictions for vandalism, theft and criminal threats.

Benjamin Paddock, the father of Bruce and Stephen, was a bank robber who once appeared on the FBI's most-wanted list.

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