Neighbors react to Conway man's arrest for child pornography

The arrest of a Conway man for child pornography has left some of his neighbors wanting answers. Richard Rau, 67, faces a total of eight child pornography charges.

Tom Hannigan explained that when he saw police cars fill his quiet little neighborhood last Thursday, he was shocked. He lives next door to Rau.

"When they picked him up the second time, I could not believe what they said he did. I just could not believe it, I really couldn't."

Rau faces seven felony charges of Distributing Child Pornography via Computer and one charge of Possession of Child Pornography.

Hannigan said he spoke with Rau's wife just after he was taken away.

"I talked to her right after it happened and she was just so flustered that nothing made sense," he said. According to Hannigan, the couple had an active social life.

"They always had people at the house. They were always going somewhere with other people. They were in the garden thing, I think, he was golfing, he played games up here at the club house, they were involved in everything."

Rau entered a plea of not guilty during an initial court appearance last week. Prosecutors asked a judge Monday that he stay detained until trial and Rau's attorney said that could take several months.

"These trials take on a mind of their own, it depends on how much more investigation there is when we get discovery, how many motions there are. There are a lot of things to determine that.

Hannigan said he will be waiting for the facts to come out in this case, because knowing Rau for four years, he never saw this coming.

"It's just a very very nice couple and I don't understand what happened," Hannigan explained.

Until the judge makes a decision on whether to grant Rau bond, he will be held in the Florence County Detention Center.

Rau's arrest was part of an international investigation into a child pornography ring.