Man who thought he would just be passing through Logan on his way to Brazil arrested for the child pornography a customs inspector claims to have found on his tablet

A Cincinnati man who landed at Logan yesterday on a flight from Ontario and planned to leave on a flight for Brazil was instead locked up overnight pending arraignment on a charge of possession of child pornography for the more than 2,000 videos depicting sexual acts on children under 12 a federal investigator says was on his tablet.

According to an affidavit by a Homeland Security agent, after landing,Thiago da Silva Pinheiro, 42, was called out for “secondary screening” of his luggage by Customs and Border Patrol:

During secondary screening, a CBP officer manually reviewed one of PINHEIRO’s digital devices, a Samsung tablet, model number SM-T837V. In doing so, the CBP officer observed images in the tablet’s photo gallery that appeared to depict child sexual abuse material (CSAM). The device was subsequently detained, and HSI agents from the Child Exploitation and Computer Forensics group were called to respond for further execution of the border search.

According to the affidavit, da Silva Pinheiro initially said he had bought the tablet from a friend, who had not wiped its memory clean, then said his friend did give him a tablet with a clean memory and that he was shocked when he inadvertently downloaded the material from the Mega file-sharing service.

But he admitted that he continued to access the content, albeit infrequently, and made no effort to delete it.

In the affidavit, which graphically describes three of the videos, the agent continues:

I have manually reviewed certain portions of the tablet. In the tablet’s native image and video folder, I observed that the folder contained approximately 2,800 videos, the majority of which appear to be child pornography as defined by statute.

Innocent, etc.


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