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Columbia man arrested, charged with possessing child pornography

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 | 7:48 p.m. CST; updated 12:19 p.m. CST, Monday, February 28, 2011

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of possessing child pornography, according to a Boone County Sheriff's Department news release.

After receiving a search warrant in December, investigators took two computers from an apartment. The computers contained about 17 photographs and 13 videos of children possibly as young as 3 years old. Investigators also recovered about 50 pornographic files that had been deleted before the search, the release stated.

Ansel Lenser, 26, of 1012 Claudell Lane was arrested on suspicion of three counts of possession of child pornography, according to the release. 

According to the release, the task force that searched the residence included investigators from Boone County Sheriff’s Department, MU Police Department and the FBI.

The search was a result of an ongoing investigation conducted by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force, which began in November when investigators found a computer network that was "offering child pornography through a file-sharing program," the release stated.

By December, investigators pinpointed the suspected location, according to the release.

Lenser was in the Boone County Jail with a $13,500 bond, according to the release.


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