Sasha Verma (PCSO)

The apparent killing of a dog led Maricopa Police to a Desert Cedars home, where they allegedly uncovered child porn.

Sasha Verma, 50, had a bail hearing Friday in Superior Court and remains behind bars on a $400,000 bond, as records describe him as a flight risk. He was arrested Dec. 19 after an incident in which nearby residents came home to find a pool of blood in their backyard but not their young dog.

Determining a projectile had struck and likely killed the dog, police tracked its trajectory to a home on Yucca Lane.

Verma was contacted at the home, where police served two warrants. They allegedly found more than 100 weapons and ammunition. Police also allege Verma had multiple passports and other international documents and was carrying $70,000.

In a folder in the home, investigators allegedly found pornographic photographs of underage children. They also reported finding 13 pornographic magazines involving children.

Police have not said if the dog was ever found on the property, saying they are not able to release details on an ongoing investigation.

A grand jury indicted Verma on 11 counts of exploitation of a minor. He is also charged with animal cruelty.

According to county records, Sasha S.M. Verma of California and Dr. Sheo P. Verma of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, listed as unmarried men, purchased the home at 44385 W. Yucca Lane in 2010. Sasha Verma then acquired the home from Sheo Verma in 2017 on a quit claim deed.