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Business owner with unsecured Wi-Fi questioned during child porn investigation

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MILFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A convicted sex offender is back in jail after police said they caught him sending child porn over the internet.

Eyewitness News has learned a local businessman almost got in trouble because the suspect used his Wi-Fi to send the illegal pictures.

"At the beginning, like everyone, I got nervous because they started asking a lot of questions," said Edgar Ortiz, the owner of Lazer Graphics.

Ortiz had no idea why police thought he would send a photo of child pornography through his work computer at his small business in Orange. But police figured out the illegal photo was sent through his computer network.

"That's when they asked me about the Wi-Fi and I told them I just set it up and didn't have a password on it," Ortiz said.

According to police, Richard Gschlecht, a convicted sex offender, was using Ortiz's Wi-Fi from his RV camper which he parked outside.

"Basically he was living there because I never see that RV moving from there for about a month, month and a half," Ortiz said.

Milford police ended up getting a search warrant for Gschlect's RV, which was parked at a West Haven Walmart. Inside the vehicle, they found computers and other evidence.

Gschlect was on the sex offender registry after being convicted of sexually assaulting two children. While on probation after serving time for that crime, court records indicate he was caught with another sex offender pretending to be a young girl and even wearing a diaper.

Detectives said he also goes by the name Michelle Lynn, which is the name he uses on his Facebook page. He now faces criminal charges for sending the child porn.

Meanwhile, after police showed up at his door, Ortiz made some changes to his work computer's Wi-Fi starting with setting up a password.

"Oh yeah I did. Thank God I did," Ortiz said. "I called my guy who does my computer and told him this is happening. One of the things he had advice for me is I need to put a password because anyone can get me in trouble when they steal my signal."

Gschlect appeared in court this week. He was currently not on probation, so he did not violate any conditions. The court put new conditions on his release including that he can't use a computer if he's able to bond out.

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