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Pipestone man arrested for child pornography

PIPESTONE -- A Pipestone man was charged last week with possessing child pornography, and will make his first court appearance next month.

A 2008 investigation by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department in Pennsylvania resulted in the arrest of Brian Benner, who allegedly had stored photos and videos of boys and men engaged in sexual acts. During the search of Brenner's computer, authorities found he had been communicating with a person who referred to himself as Jimmy2ha. Some of their communication involved a conversation regarding "liking them young."

The Jimmy2ha identity led to James Harvey Adams, 62, of Pipestone. A year ago, the Pipestone County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at Adams' home to search for computers and pornographic depiction of minors. Four computers were seized, along with a large amount of DVDs.

The computers were taken to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), where the hard drives were cloned. A Pipestone County deputy later travelled to the BCA offices to go through the files on the hard drives, marking photos and film clips he found to be minors.

Of the 15,850 picture files and 2,591 video clips, the deputy found about a third of them contained pornographic images of males, but about 80 percent of them were of young males near the age of 18 or only showed the lower torso. The deputy spent five hours navigating the photos, then more than two hours going through the clips.

He bookmarked more than 1,200 items as possible child pornography.

An examiner at the BCA said the 173 DVDs each contained four to eight video clips of male sexual acts. He told the deputy it could be one of the larger cases he has ever dealt with.

The bookmarked images will be sent to ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) and the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children to verify the identity of some of the victims.

If convicted, Adams could face up to five years incarceration and/or a fine of up to $5,000 for possessing pornographic work that depicted a minor.