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Farmington man faces child porn charges

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A 26-year-old Farmington man has been charged with possessing and sharing pornographic images and videos involving children.

Joshua Reger called the pornographic works "fascinating" in a complaint that details a police investigation that led to five felony counts of possessing child pornography.

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A Minneapolis police officer investigating child pornography first connected in November of 2010 to a computer owned by Reger. Using a file-sharing program, the officer found evidence on that visit and on at least three subsequent visits of child pornography on Reger's computer. The officer also downloaded several files from Reger's computer that contained pornographic images and videos involving children, according to the complaint.

Police searched Reger's bedroom in August of 2011 and seized a laptop computer. A search of that computer found 206 photos and 64 videos involving child pornography.

Police interviewed Reger on Aug. 23 last year. According to the complaint, Reger admitted downloading and keeping as many as 100 images of child pornography and 10 videos on his laptop and looking at them because they were "so fascinating."

Asked what he would do if he had the chance to sexually touch a child Reger reportedly told police, "I've thought about what I would do.... I don't know.... I know how wrong it is, but it's, you know, so fascinating."

Each of the five counts of possessing child pornography Reger now faces has a maximum sentence of five years and a maximum fine of $5,000.

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Nathan Hansen
Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.
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