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Man accused of child porn pleads guilty then disputes charge

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 | 6:53 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man pleaded guilty Tuesday to possessing child pornography, but a Boone County judge would not accept the plea when the suspect denied having the quantity of porn alleged.

Conrad Emile Brin, 71, was arrested after the Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force executed a search warrant at his house on Sept. 11, according to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

Brin pleaded guilty then denied part of the charge: possessing more than 20 still images of child pornography. He claimed he had an old computer that he didn't access every day and was in a peer-to-peer sharing program.

"When I came across them (those images), I would delete them." Brin said in court. "It was not my intention to download them."

After searching through computers and computer devices in Brin's house, the investigators found more than 700 child pornography photographs and videos showing the sexual abuse of children, some of whom were believed to be as young as 8, according to the news release.

Jenean Thompson, Brin's public defender, said she wouldn't comment until her client's pre-trial hearing, which was scheduled for next Monday.

Supervising editor is Katherine Reed.


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