A 65-year-old Davenport man faces federal child pornography charges, according to records unsealed this week.

William A. Phares is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m.Wednesday in U.S. District Court, Davenport.

Members of the Quad-Cities Cyber Crime Unit searched his apartment at 410 Betsy Ross Place on Sept. 8, 2011, and seized a laptop computer from the kitchen, records state.

Phares is accused of viewing pornography involving children as young as infants and involving children engaging in bondage, records state.

In an interview with police, he said he downloaded hundreds of child pornographic videos but deleted them after he saw what they were, records state.

He denied being sexually attracted to children, telling police he downloaded and viewed child pornography out of “curiosity,” records state.

He also denied ever transferring child pornography to other media such as DVDs or thumbdrives, records state.

Records state he visited online chat rooms using screen names such as “oldman,” although he denied chatting with anyone under the age of 18.

The government has requested Phares be detained in a county jail pending his trial.

His attorney, Dave Treimer, said Thursday that Phares isn’t a threat to the community, adding the government has held onto Phares’ computer for 14 months and hadn’t considered him a threat until his Dec. 3 detention hearing.

“They knew, they had the evidence, and they sat on it for 14 months,” Treimer said. “Now, they say he’s a threat to the community.”

As a compromise, Phares is being held at the Davenport halfway house at 605 N. Main St. Treimer said that gives him freedom to look for a job.

Possession of child pornography is punishable in federal court by five to 20 years in prison upon conviction.

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