NEW YORK - More than a year before a reporter donned a firefighter's outfit and sexually abused a former co-worker in her home for nearly 13 hours, he scoured the Internet for scenes he later duplicated with her, prosecutors say.

Scenes of women drugged, tied up and in various states of nudity were copied from computers Peter Braunstein was using for about two years before January 2005, a police computer-crimes detective testified yesterday at the journalist's trial.

Detective Yolanda Johnson said the computers showed there had been searches for photos using the terms "chloroform," "models" and "rape."

One photo showed a woman being held down by men, one of whom held a cloth over her face.

"I stopped counting at 300," Johnson said when asked about the number she found. *