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Hard drive used by Adam Lanza contained pro-pedophile material

Computer equipment used by Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza. (Photo: Connecticut Attorney General's Office)
Computer equipment used by Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza. (Photo: Connecticut Attorney General’s Office)
A computer hard drive used by Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza contained pro-pedophile literature among other things, a report released Monday afternoon revealed.

The report detailed evidence gathered from computer equipment seized from Lanza’s home in the days after the school shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead.

Investigators were able to retrieve several files from six pieces of computer equipment seized from the home as part of the investigation into the shooting.

The report says investigators found hundreds of bookmarks related to firearms, the military, politics, video games, mass murder and ammunition on one hard drive, along with videos of children being shot and images of Lanza holding guns to his head.

Also found on the hard drive was a document called “pbear,” which the report says contained text “advocating pedophiles’ rights and the liberation of children.”

“Pbear” is presumably short for “pedobear,” an internet meme depicting a pedophilic bear that is used in chat rooms and on message boards to mock child sex offenders. A file on Lanza’s hard drive contained a video of a “dancing pedobear,” according to the report.

Another file, called “Lovebound,” was a “screenplay or script describing a relationship between a 10 year old boy and a 30 year old man.”

The report did not say if Lanza was suspected of creating the screenplay.

(Photo: Digital report released by Connecticut Attorney General's Office)
(Photo: Digital report released by Connecticut Attorney General’s Office)

A chat log containing conversations between “Smiggles,” which the report suggests Lanza used, and another individual identified only as “The Stranger” contained messages that centered on “gaming, homosexual fantasies and day to day activities.”

The report was among more than three dozen files released on Monday by the Connecticut State Attorney General’s office in response to numerous requests by media organizations for public files related to the December 14, 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The Associated Press is currently litigating the state’s decision to withhold 9-1-1 calls made inside the school that day.

DOCUMENT: Adam Lanza Digital Evidence Report
DOCUMENT: All Sandy Hook School Shooting investigative reports

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