A Half Moon Bay man was arrested last week as part of a three-year FBI investigation into child pornography trafficking on the Internet.

Federal investigators say the suspect, identified as 70-year-old Christopher O’Donnell, first came to their attention on an online message board designed for trading child pornography.

In 2011, the FBI and San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant and raided O’Donnell’s home on the south side of Half Moon Bay. Inside his house, agents found a large quantity of child pornography, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti.

On Thursday, FBI officials said they were unable to provide details about the investigation. A federal affidavit on the case has remained sealed since the raid.

Sheriff’s officials this week filed felony arrest charges against O’Donnell. He was arrested and booked into Maguire County Jail on Jan. 28.

O’Donnell pleaded not guilty during an arraignment hearing the next day and he remains in custody with bail set at $200,000.

He is scheduled for a case conference to discuss a possible plea bargain. His case is set for trial on Feb. 25.

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