SOUTHINGTON - The case against a former Southington man facing a child pornography charge has been transferred to New Britain Superior Court - where the most serious matters in the area are prosecuted.
Gary Termine, 52, currently of East Hampton, appeared Thursday in Bristol Superior Court, where the transfer of his case was ordered. He is scheduled to appear in New Britain on Aug. 15.
Termine, who is free on $100,000 bond, has not entered a plea. He is facing one count of second-degree possession of child pornography.
According to the arrest warrant, Termine’s ex-wife called police on April 26 after making a disturbing discovery in the garage of her Southington home.
The woman told police she found a box full of photographs that appeared to be child pornography and a number of floppy disks. Police reviewed the binder full of more than 100 photos and said they depicted nude girls, who appeared between the ages of 7 to 16, engaging in oral sex and intercourse with males who looked adult-aged. Based on the quality of the photographs and the décor depicted in them, police said, they appeared to have been taken in the 1980s or the early 1990s.
Police also went through 85 floppy disks that were recovered, but no other child pornography was found, the warrant said. The disks, the warrant said, did contain “various very bizarre sexual images” and movie files.
Termine’s ex-wife said she married him in 2001, and that he moved out of her home in March 2016, shortly before they divorced in July of that year.
In April, the ex-wife began moving some boxes, which she alleges belonged to Termine, out of her garage. It was in these boxes that the woman said she found the disturbing materials. During their divorce, it was decided that Termine had two months to take any of his belongings, but the boxes were left behind.
The ex-wife also told police that Termine used to have a computer in their home, but he destroyed it when he was unable to remove its hard drive. Further, she said, she used to question him because he habitually refused to turn in his old cell phone when he bought a new one, saying he had photos he did not want to lose, the warrant said. The woman said she had always assumed the photos were family pictures, but she now suspects that they may have been inappropriate images, according to the warrant.
Police spoke to Termine in May, when he admitted that the child pornography photos in the binder were his, the warrant said. Police searched his East Hampton home, but they did not find any further child porn. They noted finding batman bed sheets and an “infantile”, adult-sized “batman onesie,” the warrant said.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.