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Milroy man to serve 21 months in prison for possessing child porn on computer

GRANITE FALLS -- A 30-year-old man will serve a 21-month prison sentence after being convicted in Yellow Medicine County on five felony counts for possession of child pornography.

District Judge Bruce Christopherson on Monday sentenced Scott Russell Brown, of Milroy but previously of Hanley Falls, to serve the prison sentence and pay a fine of $500 during.

Brown had previously pleaded guilty to five of 10 felony counts of child pornography possession. Brown was sentenced under guidelines in place at the time of the commission of the crime.

By pleading guilty to five of the charges, Brown reached an offense level that called for a presumptive prison sentence of 21 to 28 months, according to Amanda Sieling, assistant Yellow Medicine County attorney who prosecuted the case.

Yellow Medicine County sheriff's officers had seized the defendant's computer and related hardware from an apartment he shared with his girlfriend in Hanley Falls and discovered more than 1,900 child pornography images, according to Sieling.

She said authorities in Yellow Medicine County were responding to a tip received on Dec. 9, 2008, from investigators with the Marshall Police Department and Lyon County Sheriff's Office.

Brown was arrested after his employer in Marshall suspected that he was downloading pornographic images to his computer at work. The employer installed software on the computer that allegedly confirmed his suspicions, and he contacted authorities, Sieling said.

Brown had allegedly told or tried to get word to his girlfriend to destroy images on computers in his apartment.

Sieling said Yellow Medicine County authorities responded quickly to the tip and seized the equipment.

Investigators found that many of the images on his computer were of victims whose images have been found on other computers in cases prosecuted elsewhere. Sieling said that the same children are victimized over and over again as the digital images are copied and transmitted to computers around the world.

Both Lyon and Yellow Medicine counties had originally charged Brown with possession of child pornography, but the Lyon County charges were dismissed by prosecutors. The images on the work computer and those in the apartment computer were the same, according to the county attorney's office.

Brown's employment did not put him into contact with children, and authorities have no reason to believe he created any of the images found on the computers, according to Sieling.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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