The hard drive was tucked away in a home office closet and held more than 100 movie files. Each was labeled with a title “that appeared to be child pornography related,” an affidavit states. The walls just outside the closet were adorned with plaques and other memorabilia related to Casper attorney Larry Clapp.
“You have the computer,” was the only recorded statement Clapp would make as law enforcement executed their search warrant of his home.
Newly released court records detail how investigations on a peer-to-peer file-sharing network led authorities to a Wyoming Internet Protocol address — a unique number attached to every computer that is connected to the Internet. The IP address was reported as a candidate for files containing child pornography in March. In July, law enforcement used software to download various files that the IP address was making available.
Prepubescent girls appeared on each movie, performing sexual acts on either adult males or themselves.
Following a subpoena to Cablevision Corp., authorities learned the subscriber with that IP address was Casper resident Larry Clapp.
In the early evening of Oct. 3, agents from the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation Computer Crime Team/ Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force entered Clapp’s home. After agents conducted a search of Clapp’s desktop computer, they found evidence that would indicate files of child pornography would be located on an external hard drive. When questioned, police say Clapp pointed to an Iomega external hard drive resting on a shelf in a closet.
After a rudimentary viewing of five files, agents found three of them portrayed youthful-looking girls and one boy engaging in sexual acts with each other or adults.
Clapp, who is married and has one daughter, was placed under arrest about 7:20 p.m. on Oct. 3. He appeared in Natrona County Circuit Court the Oct. 4 and was charged with two counts of possession of child pornography.
Court records show he posted his $10,000 bond later that day. He will receive a preliminary hearing in the coming weeks.