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Michael Russell a 74-year-old Brentwood doctor was arrested with alleged child pornography

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A 74-year-old Brentwood doctor was arrested and charged last week with possession of more than 600 images and video of child pornography, Contra Costa County prosecutors said today. Michael Russell was arrested after a search of his home in the 400 block of Chestnut Street on Wednesday, according to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office.

Investigators with a task force targeting Internet crimes against children found a large amount of child pornography depicting children under 12 on his computers. Russell was arrested Friday at his home and booked into jail. He was charged with aggravated child pornography possession and his bail was set at $150,000. If convicted, Russell faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $2,500 fine, prosecutors said. Russell is a licensed physician and practices medicine in Pittsburg.

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