By Staff Writer Published 05/17/2018 10:18:00 | Views: 34
  • Richard Belden, 39, from Texas, charged with possession of child pornography and possession with the intention to promote child pornography
  • Officers raided his Allen home and seized electronic devices containing 58 Terabytes of data 'related to child pornography' 
  • Most average hard drives being manufactured today contain one to three Terabytes of data
  • Fifty-eight Terabytes of memory could be used to store 7.5million digital photographs, or 29,000 hours of video

By Snejana Farberov For Dailymail.com

Published: 14:59 BST, 17 May 2018 | Updated: 15:18 BST, 17 May 2018

Arrested: Richard Belden, 39, from Texas, has been charged with possession of child pornography and possession with the intention to promote child pornography
Arrested: Richard Belden, 39, from Texas, has been charged with possession of child pornography and possession with the intention to promote child pornography

Arrested: Richard Belden, 39, from Texas, has been charged with possession of child pornography and possession with the intention to promote child pornography

A Texas man has been arrested on federal child pornography charges after officials say they discovered a colossal cache of hard drives containing explicit material.

At 6.30am on Tuesday, officers from the Collin County’s Sheriff’s Office and the Plano Police Department executed a search warrant at the home on 39-year-old Richard Belden in the 1400 block of West McDermott in Allen.

The search of the residence, where Belden lives with his wife, yielded multiple electronic devices containing 58 Terabytes of data related to child pornography, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

Most average hard drives being manufactured today contain one to three Terabytes of data.

Officers on Tuesday raided Belden's Allen, Texas, home and seized electronic devices containing 58 Terabytes of data 'related to child pornography'
Officers on Tuesday raided Belden's Allen, Texas, home and seized electronic devices containing 58 Terabytes of data 'related to child pornography'
Belden is being handcuffed during his arrest
Belden is being handcuffed during his arrest

Bust: Officers on Tuesday raided Belden's Allen, Texas, home and seized electronic devices containing 58 Terabytes of data 'related to child pornography.' Pictured: Belden is being handcuffed during his arrest

Officials have not disclosed the format of the sexually explicit material discovered in Belden’s possession, but 58 Terabytes of memory could be used to store a whopping 7.5million digital photographs.

Fifty-eight Terabytes also could fit up 29,000 hours of video, according to the tech blog LifeWire. It would take 3.3 years to watch all of that footage back-to-back 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Belden has been charged with two counts of possession of child pornography and one count of possession with the intention to promote child pornography.

The suspect was being held on Thursday at the Collin County Detention Facility on bond totaling $2.7million.

Fifty-eight Terabytes of memory could be used to store 7.5million digital photographs, or 29,000 hours of video 
Fifty-eight Terabytes of memory could be used to store 7.5million digital photographs, or 29,000 hours of video 

Fifty-eight Terabytes of memory could be used to store 7.5million digital photographs, or 29,000 hours of video 

 

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By Staff Writer 05/17/2018 10:18:00