Bruce Paddock Pleads Not Guilty to Child Porn Charges in L.A. Courtroom

Bruce Paddock appears at his arraignment in downtown L.A. courtroom on Oct. 27, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Bruce Paddock appears at his arraignment in a downtown L.A. courtroom on Oct. 27, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Bruce Paddock, a younger brother of the Las Vegas mass killer Stephen Paddock, on Friday entered a not guilty plea to felony charges of possession of child pornography and sexual exploitation of a child.

Paddock, 58, appeared in front of a Los Angeles Superior Court judge in a downtown courtroom.

He was charged Tuesday with one count of possession of more than 600 images of child pornography, and 19 counts of sexual exploitation of a child. The crimes allegedly occurred between Jan. 1 and Aug. 30, 2014.

He was arrested at an assisted living home on Wednesday after an investigation that police said began before the Oct. 1 shooting in Las Vegas.

At one point during Friday’s hearing, Paddock addressed the judge directly, claiming he hadn’t been able to contact his attorney since he had been jailed and asked the judge if there was a way that he could reach his attorney. He was represented by a deputy public defender.

Bruce Paddock is seen in a photo provided by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Bruce Paddock is seen in a photo provided by the Los Angeles Police Department.

The public defender asked that his client be released under ankle monitor surveillance to the assisted living home where he was arrested. He pointed to Paddock’s numerous medical concerns – saying he’s had four back surgeries and uses a wheelchair. The attorney said Paddock needed to be monitored by medical professionals.

The judge did not grant Paddock his immediate release and said she would need five days to go over the request, saying she’d hold a bail review hearing on Nov. 3. Paddock shook his head in response to the judge’s decision.

Los Angeles police say investigators found child pornography at an auto shop located on the 9000 block of San Fernando Road in Sun Valley where Paddock had been squatting. The owner of the shop alleged to KTLA that Paddock had threatened to kill him after squatting in the shop’s attic in 2014.

Police initially visited the shop in March 2014 in response to Paddock allegedly downloading child pornography, but the visit did not result in any charges, according to the shop owner.

An LAPD spokesman told the Los Angeles Times that the investigation of Bruce Paddock began before his brother, Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 concertgoers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas Oct. 1. The massacre left 58 dead and wounded more than 500 others in what became the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

The police spokesman said that there was no connection between the arrest of Bruce Paddock and the Vegas shooting.

Paddock on Friday waived his right to a preliminary hearing within 10 days of his arraignment. He is scheduled to appear in court next on Nov. 3.