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Windom man faces child porn charges

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news Worthington, 56187
Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

WINDOM -- A 35-year-old Windom man, Terry Patrick Schmit, is facing felony charges of both disseminating and possessing child pornography, according to a criminal complaint warrant from Cottonwood County.

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In January, officers from the Minnesota Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force participating in an undercover Internet investigation located a publicly shared listing of files. Several of the files available had a signature number known to authorities to be child pornography.

Using an administrative subpoena, an officer traced the IP address of the shared files back to Schmit.

A search warrant was executed on Schmit's residence April 1, and a computer allegedly belonging to Schmit was seized. The complaint states Schmit indicated the computer was his and that he was the sole user.

After creating a forensic image of the hard drive, an officer examined it and found more than 20 photos and videos classified as child pornography, including three videos an undercover officer had downloaded from Schmit's share file.

Schmit faces a maximum combined sentence of 12 years incarceration and/or fines up to $15,000. A warrant was issued Thursday for his arrest.

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