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Suspect in child porn case granted bond

LAWRENCEVILLE - A judge granted bond Tuesday for a man suspected of keeping stores of child pornography in his Lilburn home.

FBI analysts have uncovered multitudinous, illegal images on eight home computers belonging to Bish Shorrosh, 51, police said Tuesday. He was arrested Aug. 11 after a Texas woman told Lilburn authorities he made sexual comments about children in an online chat room.

Since his arrest, police have lodged additional charges of possession of child pornography against Shorrosh, who is married, Lilburn police spokesman Det. Matt Lake said.

"There's enough images on (the computers), it's going to take us a week to go through," said Lake.

Gwinnett Magistrate Judge Gene Cantrell set Shorrosh's bond at $10,000, with the special condition he have no unsupervised contact with children under age 16 other than his own.

Shorrosh's attorney, Raymond Lail, said it was paramount his client be freed to support his family.

"This case has never been about (Shorrosh) trying to meet kids," Lail said. "This seems to be about these alleged, inappropriate images."

According to a police report, Shorrosh wrote to a woman in Texas that he "liked teen boys" and "gurls (sic) when they first start growing physically" and similar statements during an explicit online chat Aug. 4.

The woman had met Shorrosh - who was posing as a 45-year-old Lilburn man named "Matthew" - on the networking site Tagged.com. They exchanged e-mail addresses and carried the conversation to a live Yahoo chat line, the report says.

It's there that police believe the conversation turned to Shorrosh's alleged lust for illegal conduct.

The case will next be forwarded to a Gwinnett Superior Court grand jury for possible indictment.