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Former offender charged with possession of underage pornography

A man from Shawano, who has already served six years in prison for possession of underage pornography, has been arrested again for the same kind of Internet crime, according to police.

The man was charged in circuit court with ten counts of possession of underage pornography. As with any criminal charge, these carry serious penalties if he is convicted. He could be spending the next 25 years in prison and may be ordered to pay a very large fine. But the penalties are more severe because he is a repeat offender.

Because of his past conviction, he is already required to register on the state's sex offender registry each year until 2022. This current charge may extend that registration requirement for several more years.

There have already been six cases of alleged underage pornography in Shawano County in the past year. Investigators have brought the cases after looking at a file-sharing system. This type of system keeps track of the IP addresses of those who use it. Using this information, investigators can track down the owner of a computer by looking at the Internet address. Law enforcement is relying on this technology to help them proactively pursue individuals who may possess or distribute underage pornography.

An investigation of a network used by the alleged suspect to download pornographic materials was traced back to this man's home. Police obtained a search warrant on the suspect's home where they found a cache of pornographic videos involving minors. The man is currently awaiting his next court appearance.

Accusations of sex crimes, especially underage pornography, can also damage one's reputation. Even if the charges are later determined to be unfounded, the accused individual may have to deal with being branded a sex offender for the rest of his or her life.

Source: The Shawano Leader: "County has another child porn case," Tim Ryan, Oct. 4, 2011

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