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Three elderly brothers have been arrested in Seattle for allegedly possessing images of child sex abuse and other materials detectives say indicate the men spent the majority of their lives sexually abusing children. 

The Seattle Times reports that 82-year-old Charles Emery, 80-year-old Thomas Emery and 78-year-old Edwin Emery were charged Monday with two counts of possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexual conduct. Law enforcement is "actively executing search warrants and interviewing witnesses to determine the extent of the defendants' child exploitation crimes as well as evidence of homicide," Senior Deputy Prosecutor Cecelia Gregson wrote in charging papers obtained by the Seattle Times.

Police say a family member was cleaning the men's North Seattle home and discovered what she believed to be materials depicting the sexual abuse of a child.

The men's sister told CBS affiliate KIRO that it was her adult daughter who made the disturbing discovery Aug. 9. The daughter is reportedly the legal guardian of Charles Emery, who suffers from dementia and has moved into a residential care facility.

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