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Residents react to man's arrest for child porn, castration tools

Edward Bodkin (Source: Elmore Co. Sheriff's Dept.) Edward Bodkin (Source: Elmore Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

Residents in the Jordan Trace subdivision just off Holtville Road know each other fairly well.

But they also say you can never be too careful.

"It's concerning because I have a 10-year old daughter that lives near someone who just got arrested for pornography," says Tara Walker.

Walker and her step-father Clint Plaster live near the home on Holtville Road where 68-year old Edward Bodkin was arrested. Authorities say Bodkin had more than 100 photos of child porn, and human castrations.

While Walker and Plaster are concerned,"it really didn't surprise me because I've heard it happen around this area before," says Plaster.

It's why they keep a close watch on their daughter and granddaughter.

"I know where she's going. Even if she's going across the street, I don't let her go out of my sight from that stop sign to that next stop sign," says Walker.

"It's certainly a little disturbing to know that there's someone guilty of that in the general area, but you sure can't get away from it," says Bobby Lowe.

Lowe also lives close by and admits he wasn't shocked to hear the news, either. His kids are grown and out of the house, but he has one message for other parents.

"Never ever take your eye off the kids. First priority," he says.

"If somebody comes to the door, she can't answer it without an adult there to find out who it is," says Walker in reference to her daughter.

She is even taking precautions inside the home.

"When I grew up, I left the house in the morning and came back in the afternoon, and my mom never had to worry about things like that. But now...it's a whole different ball game," adds Plaster.

Bodkin served a jail sentence in Indiana in the late 1990s on charges of practicing medicine without a license. At that time, he admitted in court to castrating several men because they wanted to curb their sexual desires.

He's currently being held in the Elmore County jail on $400,000 bond.

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