North Texas man accused of giving out porn to trick-or-treaters

Porn Handed Out on Halloween

BOYD, Texas -- We may be days away from Thanksgiving, but on Hitt Street in Boyd, the talk is all about what happened on Halloween.

"I believe these allegations are being brought way out of proportion," said 32-year-old Brad Collins, who's at the center of all the talk.

Collins said he was helping his neighbors pass out Bible verses during Halloween on Hitt. The event is a 25-year-old tradition in the Wise County town, where police close the street so thousands of children can trick-or-treat safely.

"He was helping us pass out the Bible tracks and Bible stories and he wanted to do something to give a little more," said neighbor James Arrington.

Collins said he thought giving out burned DVDs he'd acquired would do the trick.

"I told everyone to check them before they let their kids watch them," Collins told News 8. "Just for the fact I was unsure of exactly what could be on there. It could be 'World of Warcraft;' it could be 'Happy Gilmore.' I didn't know."

Parents did check them-- and then went to police.

"They discovered there was graphic pornographic material on there," said Boyd Police Officer Ryan Erwin.

Erwin said of the dozens of DVDs police collected from the trick-or-treating, six were XXX-rated videos that police say Collins gave to kids.

"It's appalling to me as a parent," Erwin said.

After an investigation and photo lineup, police arrested Collins for distribution of harmful materials to a minor, a class A misdemeanor.

"They were his DVDs he was handing out so you have to assume he knew what was on them," Erwin said.

So far, police say two families have come forward to say their children received pornographic DVDs while trick-or-treating. But police do believe there could be more.

Collins, who has since bonded out, didn't want to discuss where he got the DVDs, but said he wouldn't have given them out had he known there was porn. He is a father himself, he said.

"There's no bad intent involved in it," Collins said.

Police said that will be up to the legal system to decide.

 

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