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Columbia Missourian

Columbia teen arrested on suspicion of promoting child pornography

By Alia Bakeer
October 23, 2007 | 3:52 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man was arrested Monday afternoon on suspicion of promoting child pornography, according to a news release from the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force.

Quinndale F. Allen Jr., 17, of Columbia, was arrested at about 2:20 p.m. Monday after a two-month investigation by the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force. Allen was being investigated for the promotion of child pornography over the Internet,

On Sept. 13, task-force detectives and officers in the Columbia Police Department served a court-ordered search warrant at Allen’s address, on the 2000 block of Holly Avenue, and seized his computer, said Detective Andy Anderson of the Internet task force. Police found numerous videos showing the sexual molestation of pre-pubescent children on the suspect’s computer and think numerous child pornography videos were offered to others through a file-sharing program, according to the release. Police do not think the suspect produced any of these videos but instead downloaded them through the Internet, the release said.

Anderson was not able to disclose how police received the tip that pornography was stored on the computer.

Allen is being held in the Boone County Jail on a $20,000 bond on a charge of first-degree child pornography.

The Internet task force is comprised of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, Columbia Police Department and the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. According to the group’s Web site, the task force conducts criminal investigations and provides investigative and forensic assistance to law enforcement agencies and prosecuting attorneys in the mid-Missouri area.