A 22-year-old Connecticut man accused of posting photos of preteen and teenage girls from Plainville on a sexually explicit Web site is due in court today.
Plainville police started investigating in April when a few girls saw photos on an overseas pornography site that allows users to anonymously exchange images and videos without having to go through a registration or verification procedure, police said.
The victims found a forum labeled "Plainville" and discovered several nude images of young females from their early teenage years posted online.
Police have identified 20 girls on the website as former or current Plainville residents and said 16 of them were between 12 and 15 years old when the nude photographs were taken.
The photos were taken between five and 10 years ago, officials said. The girls consented to the private photos, but had no idea that they were going to be posted on the website and did not give anyone permission for that to happen, according to police.
After investigating for five months, police identified Nicholas O. Olsen, of Plainville, as a suspect. They said he solicited the nude photos, built up a collection through the years and saved it on his home computers.
“Throughout the years, he solicited images from these young Plainville girls from various people and saved them on his home computer,” Detective Sgt. Nicholas Mullins said.
Police said they also learned that Olsen previously had a sexual relationship with a girl who was 14 or 15 years of age.
Olsen was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography, eight counts of promoting a minor in obscene performance, sexual assault in the second degree and risk of injury to a minor.
He was released on $75,000 bond and is due back in court today.
Olsen, who works at a construction company in Plainville, will be monitored electronically and will only be able to leave his house to go to work, according to the conditions of his bond.
Police are also warning girls not to send inappropriate pictures because they can get into the wrong hands and wind up online.
He is due back in court on Oct. 25.