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Lawrence man faces felony charge after Geek Squad allegedly finds child porn on his computer

March 30, 2016

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A Lawrence man faces a felony charge after child pornography was found on his computer, police said.

The man, 65, turned himself in to the Douglas County Jail on March 17. He faces a single felony charge of sexual exploitation of a child. He was released from the jail after posting a $7,500 bond.

On Jan. 16, 2015, police received a report of a computer with possible child pornography on it from Best Buy's Geek Squad, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Douglas County District Court and recently released to the Journal-World. At the store, 2020 West 31st St., employees showed police a Toshiba laptop with two suspect files.

The day before, the man gave that laptop and one other to the Geek Squad "complaining about viruses and the inability to log into the Toshiba laptop," the affidavit says. Employees said they discovered the files while completing a malware scan on the computer.

Police seized both computers and collected paperwork referencing the man's work order, the affidavits say.

On Jan. 28, 2015, police received a call from a store employee who said the man called the store wanting to know the status of the laptops he wanted fixed, the affidavit says. Officers then called the man and let him know his computers had been seized.

Officers later executed a search warrant on the man's Toshiba laptop, which showed both the presence of child pornography and online activity "related to known child pornography search terms," the affidavit says.

Police interviewed the man about the contents of his laptop in August 2015, the affidavit says; during that interview the man admitted there were nude images of children on both of his computers and said "this problem has affected him for over sixty years and he wished to get over it."

The man also said he believed the nude images of children were the source of his computer problems, the affidavit says.

The man is scheduled to appear in court at 10:30 a.m. Monday for a preliminary hearing.

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