PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — People in Slippery Rock are stunned after learning a more than 20-year resident is charged with possessing a half-million images of child pornography and also that he reportedly admitted to having sex with three young boys.
“I was pretty ill about it because I have a 3-year-old and live within sight of his house,” Molly Breakiron said. “It really freaked me out. I’ve never talked to the man but it’s just upsetting that you never really know people. That’s what it says to me you really don’t ever know anybody.”
Breakiron says she was alarmed last Tuesday when she saw investigators carrying evidence out of Mark Beres’ Center Street home and then learned the details of his arrest.
Our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gaazette report Beres, who is an optometrist in New Castle, became the suspect of a federal investigation after authorities found records of more than $2,700 worth of orders for child pornography that had been shipped to his Butler County home from a firm called the International Company out of New York.
Neighbors say the 53-year-old eye doctor sat in his car during Tuesday’s raid of his home, where in addition to the 500,000 child porn images, investigators found 550 videos of nude children — some being subjected to sex acts.
The newspaper says Beres provided a written statement where he “admitted that he had engaged in sexual contact with three boys, ages 3, 7 and 13, approximately 30 times.”