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Afton man faces child porn charges

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A 21-year-old Afton man made his initial court appearance last week on charges that he disseminated and possessed child pornography using his home computer.

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The Washington County Attorney's Office charged Leif Tveit Iverson with one count of disseminating a pornographic work and one count of possession a pornographic work. Both are felony-level charges.

Washington County sheriff's deputies were contacted in March 2010 by a Minneapolis police investigator with information that a computer located in Afton was sharing suspected child porn.

The Minneapolis investigator used special task-force software to search computers on a peer-to-peer network that have known or suspected child sex-abuse videos and images for download. In those instances, network users have folders allowing anyone to download through peer-to-peer file sharing software.

Sheriff's detectives, acting on the information, executed a search warrant at Iverson's residence. In an interview with police at the residence, Iverson admitted that adult pornography was on one of his three computers, but said he was unaware of any child-abuse images.

A forensic investigation of Iverson's computer turned up five of the child sex-abuse files the Minneapolis investigator had located through his online search. Washington County's investigation of the computer also revealed Limewire, a peer-to-peer file-sharing system, had been installed on Iverson's computer.

Additional child pornography images were allegedly located in the computer's hard drive. The complaint states 32 child sex-abuse videos were also found on the hard drive.

If convicted, Iverson faces a maximum penalty of 12 years in prison and a $40,000 fine.

He was booked and released from Washington County jail April 14. Release conditions set by Washington County District Court Judge Ellen Maas call for Iverson to have no contact with persons younger than 18.

His next court hearing is set for June 15.

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Michael Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. His coverage includes local crime, legislative activity and prep sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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