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16-year-old enters not guilty plea to charge of child porn

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WILLMAR -- Ian Zondervan, 16, of Willmar, was arraigned Monday and pleaded not guilty to one felony count of possessing pornographic work after an undercover Internet investigation revealed that his computer was the source of a child pornography movie file.

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The undercover investigation began March 19 when a Minneapolis officer working with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force found a movie with a sexually suggestive title and featured a naked girl, between the ages of 9 and 12, performing a sexual act on camera.

The officer identified 14 additional pornographic files at the same Internet protocol address, which was traced to a Charter Communications account in Willmar. The files could be downloaded on the Internet from that account and computer.

Special agents with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Willmar Police Department officers executed a search warrant June 7 at Zondervan's home. During an interview, his mother told officers that Zondervan was the primary user of the computer and that it was located in his room.

The officers interviewed Zondervan and he admitted that he downloaded music, pornography and child pornography, but thought that he had deleted all the pornography from his computer. He admitted to downloading videos and said that he was looking for girls his age.

He said he used keywords like "young" and "teens" and "underage" for search words. The youngest child appearing in the videos on the computer were estimated to be 5 to 6 years old.

The computer was seized and searched by the Willmar Police Department. Officers found 620 files that contained sexual content, including files with homosexual, bisexual, prepubescent, masturbation, bestiality, urination and voyeurism content.

Sixteen files were identified as child pornography featuring children who were "unquestionably prepubescent."

Zondervan's next court appearance is Oct. 29.

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