Brother of Vegas shooter held in child porn case

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A felony complaint seeking the arrest of a brother of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock alleges one count of possession of child or youth pornography and 19 counts of sexual exploitation of a child.

The complaint signed Tuesday by a Los Angeles County prosecutor alleges Bruce Douglas Paddock possessed more than 600 images of child or youth pornography between Jan. 1 and Aug. 30 of 2014.

His arrest Wednesday was confirmed by a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation but not authorized to discuss it publicly. Arraignment is expected Thursday.

Bruce Paddock is not considered a suspect in the Las Vegas shooting. The official says the porn case predates the shooting. It wasn’t known if he has an attorney.

Fifty-eight people were killed and hundreds more were wounded Oct. 1 at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. Stephen Paddock opened fire from the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel tower.

Another brother, Eric Paddock, spoke to media following the shooting but Bruce Paddock did not.

– Associated Press writer Michael Balsamo

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9:15 a.m.

Authorities say the brother of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock has been arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of possessing child pornography.

The arrest Wednesday of Bruce Paddock was confirmed by a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation but not authorized to discuss it publicly.

Bruce Paddock is not considered a suspect in the Las Vegas shooting. The official says the child porn case predates the shooting. It wasn’t immediately known if he has an attorney.

Fifty-eight people were killed and hundreds more were wounded Oct. 1 at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas Strip. Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel tower.

Another brother, Eric Paddock, spoke to media following the shooting but Bruce Paddock did not

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