Santa Clara County

“God Is My Judge. God Is My Witness”: Camp Counselor Denies Sexually Abusing Boy

A Santa Clara County science camp counselor accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy and being in possession of child pornography said in a jailhouse interview with NBC Bay Area he is innocent.

Edgar Covarrubias, 27, repeatedly denied the accusations and said he did not know how child pornography got into his laptop.

"God is my judge. God is my witness," Covarrubias said. "I have not done any of that stuff."

Covarrubias, who was recently fired from the South Bay-based Walden West science camp, was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of having hundreds of images and videos of child pornography.

Covarrubias said he initially confessed to the crime out of fear.

"I was saying, 'Yeah I do have it,'" he said. "I was scared. I didn't know what was happening."

Prosecutors on Wednesday added three more counts in the case, including the manufacture of child porn.

Covarrubias agreed to the jailhouse interview with NBC Bay Area because he said outside his jail cell the community is labeling him a monster.

"They can think what they want and I forgive them for it," he said. "I am not a monster -- never done anything to any children."

Prior to being fired this month, Covarrubias had worked at Walden West since August 2013.

David Shabaglian, Santa Clara County deputy district attorney, said the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office launched an investigation after Covarrubias e-mailed child porn to an undercover official looking for violators.

Authorities allegedly found Covarrubias with hundreds of child pornography images and videos on his personal computer and phone.

"It's something that we are very concerned about," Shabaglian said. "We understand this is a parent's worst nightmare."

Covarrubias told NBC Bay Area he once downloaded a movie called "Little Boy." He claims the download included spam containing child porn and he immediately deleted.

When asked if Covarrubias ever touched anyone inappropriately, Covarrubias replied "no, no, no."

Covarrubias said he does not want to get out on bail and wants to fight the case from the inside.

Sources tell NBC Bay Area there may be up to 30 potential victims in the case and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about the case has been asked to call the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office at 408-808-4300.

NBC Bay Area's Cheryl Hurd contributed to this report.

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