COLUMBIA — A 26-year-old Columbia man turned himself in to the Boone County Circuit Court on Wednesday on charges resulting from an investigation into the distribution of child pornography, Cyber Crimes Task Force Coordinator Andy Anderson said.
The Boone County Prosecuting Attorney's Office charged Thach Hoang Nguyen of 410 N. College Ave., Apt. E, on Tuesday with one count of the possession of child pornography and one count of promoting child pornography, Anderson said.
Anderson said the suspect was released after posting $9,000 bond and did not serve time in jail.
In early February, the Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force received information that someone at a Columbia residence was offering to distribute child pornography through a file sharing program, Anderson said. A Task Force investigator downloaded the files from the suspected computer and found files that showed the molestation of prepubescent children, Anderson said.
"We are constantly looking for people who are offering child pornography through file sharing programs, and that's how we usually discover it," Anderson said.
On Feb. 16, investigators identified the location of the files and served a court ordered search warrant at the residence, Anderson said. A computer and various other electronic items were confiscated by investigators, he said.
Upon examination, Anderson said investigators found what is thought to be at least 30 videos and possibly hundreds of photographs of child pornography.
Anderson said he did not know the age range of the children but said that they must be minors for the evidence to qualify as child pornography.