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Roseville grandfather arrested for possession of child porn released

By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
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The father of a Roseville woman arrested on suspicion of murdering her 2-year-old daughter was released from custody after posting $200,000 bail Monday afternoon. Daniel Harrison McGrath, 58, of Roseville, was arrested Friday on suspicion of possessing child pornography at his home in the 300 block of Diamond Oaks Road where his 2-year-old granddaughter was found dead on April 4. According to the criminal complaint, McGrath knowingly possessed more than 3,000 visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct on numerous laptop computers, thumb drives, VHS tapes and CDs that were found at the home. Police seized the evidence during an investigation into the suspicious death of McGrath?s granddaughter, McKinley Wilder. McGrath was vacationing out of the country at the time of the alleged murder and is not considered a suspect in that case, police said. His daughter, Denise McGrath Wilder, 37, is considered the primary murder suspect, although no charges have been filed pending a final autopsy report. Denise Wilder was arrested on April 5 after police were called out to the home the previous day and found Wilder ?extremely? intoxicated and the child deceased. According to the criminal complaint, Wilder was too intoxicated to give a statement as to what happened to her daughter, who was found with bruising in her abdominal area and in a state of decomposition. During the investigation, McGrath was informed detectives would be searching his computer and other items in the house, after which McGrath stated, ?You are going to go on (the computer) and see some underage stuff,? according to the criminal complaint. McGrath told detectives that he obtained the images from user net groups ?years ago,? and they were located on a hard drive that was not plugged in, according to the criminal complaint. McGrath?s attorney, Mark Reichel, said evidence in the case is almost 20 years old and a person is generally much different from how they were if they haven?t done something for 20 years. ?This family has been through a lot and they are holding together very well,? Reichel said. ?It?s remarkable how strong they are.? A forensic analysis of the computer evidence revealed much of the material was contained in files created between August 2002 and December 2009, and was most recently viewed on March 31, according to the criminal complaint. Among the evidence collected are VHS tapes which contain hidden camera images of McGrath?s two daughters, who appear to be minors at the time, in various states of undress. McGrath is due back in court June 4 to face preliminary federal charges of possession of child pornography, according to Lauren Horwood with the U.S. Attorney?s Office. ?It could be that his hearing on June 4 turns into an arraignment if he is indicted before then,? Horwood said. ?And that is likely to happen.? Toby Lewis can be reached at tobyl@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @TobyLewis_RsvPT.