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MESA, Ariz. -

A man accused of possessing child porn has been arrested and it turns out his wife runs a daycare out of their Mesa home.

After a 3-month investigation, Christopher Clark, 54, has been arrested on 10 counts of exploitation of a child. According to Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, a Pennsylvania peer monitoring company contacted them in December about an IP address that was sharing and downloading a large amount of child porn.

The IP address had been captured sharing 920 files of known child porn from October through February, according to MCSO.

"It's very shocking to him and his family," said Clark's attorney Michael Urbano. "At this point we are fighting the charges vehemently."

MCSO detectives got a subpoena and were given the address that belonged to the IP address. They served a search warrant on the home of Christopher Clark, in the 4900 block of E. Fox Street in Mesa.

They seized computers and numerous files from the home. According to an initial review, the contained images and video of sex acts involving adolescent and preteen children of both sexes.

Clark admitted the child pornography belonged to him and that he is attracted to young girls and boys. He also admitted to downloading videos involving bestiality. He said he had an addiction and he cannot stop on his own, according to MCSO.

"Whatever he said to the detectives I don't know at this time," added Urbano.

He denied any hands-on offenses, but detectives say his wife was a preschool teacher for 17 years and that she watches neighbors' children and their own grandchildren at their home.

Next door neighbors Chad and Madison Boyd say Clark's wife offered to watch their 5-month-old baby but they didn't take her up on the offer.

"She's offered but we've never had her go over there," said Boyd. "The times we've talked to them out on the lawn they've been really super nice. I guess there's no way to really know with this stuff."

Clark admitted his wife caught him viewing the illegal images six months ago. At the time, he burned all multimedia he owned, but was back to it a week later, MCSO said.

Clark has bailed out of jail since his arrest. He is now on house arrest, wearing an electronic monitoring device.

"There will not be any children around him or any internet use, even on his phone," said Urbano. Clark's next court date is next week.

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