Child porn accused convicted

  • Daniel Rocha, found guilty of child pornography charges in Supreme Court.

    Daniel Rocha, found guilty of child pornography charges in Supreme Court.


A 30-year-old man was found guilty yesterday of a string of child pornography charges.

Daniel Rocha was convicted on seven counts of accessing pornographic images and videos over a five-year period between 2010 and 2015.

Rocha was found guilty at Supreme Court by a unanimous verdict on all counts by a jury of eight women and four men.

He was remanded in custody for sentence on May 20. Rocha, from Devonshire, sat with his head in his hands after the verdicts were read.

Larry Mussenden, for the Crown, said Rocha was “despicable”.

He added: “Children are the real victims in this case.”

Mr Mussenden said that the Crown had presented a “strong case based on the evidence”.

He added: “I respect the jury’s verdict.”

Jurors came back with the decision after about two hours of deliberations.

Mr Mussenden said that he was not surprised at the quick verdict.

He added: “Sometimes the jurors get the issues very quickly.”

The court heard that the US Department of Homeland Security contacted police in Bermuda in March 2015 and told officers a Bermudian IP address had accessed child pornography.

Mr Mussenden said that good police work and co-operation between law enforcement organisations had led to Rocha’s arrest.

He added: “I do extend thanks to the US authorities as well as the Bermuda Police for the investigation.”

The child pornography was found on a laptop computer under Rocha’s bed during a search of his home.

Bermuda officers tracked the IP address to the house where Rocha lived with his parents and mounted a dawn raid on the property five days later.

Rocha denied accessing the pornography and said that he was unaware that it was on the computer.

The Crown alleged that Rocha used peer-to-peer filesharing networks to access the pornography. Mr Mussenden questioned Rocha about why he told police in an interview that he did not have a computer and suggested he had tried to conceal the laptop.

Rocha had earlier testified that he did not consider the laptop a computer.

Jerome Lynch QC, who appeared for Rocha, suggested during the trial that the viruses detected on the laptop could have let someone else gain remote access to Rocha’s computer to access the child pornography.

Mr Lynch said after the verdicts were announced that he would look at grounds for an appeal.

He added: “We’ll look at the evidence, we’ll look at the way the judge conducted the trial, the directions he gave, and take it from there.”

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