A man in Plano, Texas, was arrested this week after authorities found him with over 18 terabytes of child pornography in his possession.
According to local news station WFAA 8, 38-year-old Christopher Michael Chairez was arrested Thursday on charges of possession of child pornography and possession with the intent to promote child pornography.
A spokesperson for Collin County Sheriff’s Office said that investigators had found 18 terabytes of data on devices used to share and view child pornography while executing a search warrant at Chairez’s home.
An undercover investigation led deputies to Chairez, allegedly identifying him “as an individual utilizing the internet to traffic in child pornography,” authorities said.
“The shocking quantity of child pornography seized in this investigation reminds us how important it is for parents to diligently monitor their children’s online activities,” said Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner in a written statement.
“Child predators seek to exploit children whose parents don’t know, or don’t care about, the identities of the individuals who communicate with them over the web,” Skinner added.
The quantity is, in fact, of large proportions. One terabyte equals 1,000 gigabytes. If you put that in perspective, an iPhone 11 Pro can hold up to 512 GB, that’s about 36-40 iPhones-worth of footage.
Chairez had bonded out of the Collin County Detention Facility by Wednesday. His bail had been set at $30,000 total, according to reports.