Article Courtesy of The
Palm Beach Post
By Paige Fry
Published June 15, 2017
DELRAY BEACH -- A suburban Delray Beach man is accused of having at least 30
images of child pornography stored on his computer, according to a
probable-cause affidavit made public Monday.
State authorities had
been investigating Alan Firestone, 47, since last fall and
found him in possession of photos of both male and female
children ages 6 to 15 years old, the affidavit said.
Firestone was arrested on Thursday and charged with 20
counts of child pornography. His bond was set at $140,000
Friday morning by Judge Diana Keever-Agrama. He remained at
the Palm Beach County Jail early Monday.
Authorities began tracking Firestone after an undercover
state investigators on Oct. 12 found he had shared more than
50 files of child pornography, according to the affidavit.
After monitoring him, the investigator obtained a warrant
and searched his house June 5.
Firestone told authorities that he used peer-to-peer file
sharing and a program called Shareaza to download
pornography, according to the affidavit. A detective with
the Boynton Beach Police Department searched Firestone’s
computer and found at least 30 images in a folder labeled “FAP.”
At his court appearance Friday at the jail, the homeowners’
association president of Firestone’s community said
Firestone has served as a secretary on the board and is
well-liked by his neighbors.
Ray Heppner, board president at the Villages of Oriole Bonaire condominiums near
Jog Road and Atlantic Avenue, said he considers Firestone a friend and that he
has been an “integral part of the community.” He said it was a shock to everyone
that he was arrested.
“He was one of the most brilliant people I’ve ever met,” he said.