Man arrest on child-porn charges after months-long state probe

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.