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Jackson man charged with child porn

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Jackson man charged with child porn
Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

JACKSON -- A Jackson man on probation for a 2002 burglary is now facing a felony charge of possessing child pornography after local authorities were contacted by ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children).

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After examination, approximately 190 images considered child pornography were allegedly discovered in the slack space on the computer hard drive of Adam Joe Niles, 29.

A Minneapolis ICAC officer had tracked some pornography depicting minors to an Internet provider account in the name of Miles Adams. Records indicated the resident in that apartment was Niles.

A search warrant was executed last week, and Niles agreed to give a statement to the authorities.

He allegedly told officers they were free to look at his computer since they would find nothing on it. He admitted he uses the Web site LimeWire to download "Star Trek." Niles said he accidentally downloaded a pornographic movie while attempting to download "Transformers," but the participants in the movie appeared to be adults.

He stated he "got rid of the stuff that was wrong."

Niles said he did not like having pornography on his computer because his friends would come over and use LimeWire and Facebook on his computer. When asked who his friends were, he allegedly gave several first names but did not know last names. He stated he was not trying to blame these people if there were any images on his computer that were not legal.

Niles reportedly told authorities he got some "stuff" when he searched a movie site, and that one time on LimeWire had done a search on the word "child" and gotten "lots of bad stuff," but did not download any of it. He said he had searched for the word "child" when looking for songs for a friend's child.

Niles told the officer his old computer had died and he had purchased his current computer new about four months ago.

While an officer was taking Niles' statement, others were searching the apartment. They seized an unopened Internet bill under the name Miles Adams, papers with passwords, phone numbers and names, a dozen CDs and DVD that appeared to have burned on a computer and two unlabeled VHS movies. A desktop e-machine computer was also seized and taken to be analyzed.

During the exam, the 190 images were discovered in the slack space, which is an area of the hard drive that is no longer reserved for files and may be overwritten as new files are generated.

Bond was set Thursday at $30,000 and an order filed in Jackson County District Court authorizing a public defender. Niles' first court appearance is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Monday.

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