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Man allegedly downloads child pornography

Courtney Astolfi • Apr 16, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Investigators   scoured the home of a 60-year-old Sandusky man Monday to search for child porn, police said.

Four Secret Service agents and five Sandusky police officers executed a search warrant at the man’s home in the 500 block of E. Market St. at about 11 a.m., according to a Sandusky police report.

Secret Service agents previously learned someone downloaded multiple photographs depicting child pornography and tracked the user’s IP address to the man’s Sandusky home, Sandusky police detective Ken Nixon said.

Per the warrant, officers had permission to seize any sort of digital storage device found in the home. On Monday, they confiscated laptops and memory cards, which will be sent to a crime lab for testing, Nixon said.

Halfway through the execution of the warrant, the man returned home.

“He didn’t say a whole lot” Nixon said. “He didn’t deny it and he didn’t admit it”

Special agent Steve Snyder asked the man to submit to a polygraph test, but he refused.

Officers and agents have no indication thus far the man was involved in the production of child porn, Nixon said.

The man allegedly downloaded the photos from a website that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has flagged as a known child porn site.

Crime lab staff will now sift through the contents of the man’s computer to determine whether or how much porn has been stored on it, Nixon said.

Charges could be forthcoming once the investigation is complete.

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