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FBI searches home for child porn

by F.T. Norton
ftnorton@nevadaappeal.com

Federal agents, with help from local law enforcement, served a search warrant Thursday morning on an apartment at Ninth and Division streets.

FBI Special Agent Joseph Dickey said officers with the bureau’s Innocent Images International Task Force served the warrant about

9 a.m.

Dickey declined to reveal the details of the warrant. The file was sealed in Federal Court in Reno.

About eight officers, including a Carson City Sheriff’s detective and a deputy, entered 674 Ninth St. #A just after 9 a.m. Thursday.

After several hours inside, officers carried out computer equipment and bags of items. The tenant was not home at the time and is not believed to be in custody.

Dickey would not reveal the suspect’s identity.

“I can’t comment further. This is an ongoing investigation,” he said.

The FBI’s Innocent Image International Task Force was formed in 2004 “to combat the proliferation of child pornography/child sexual exploitation facilitated by an online computer,” according to FBI.gov. The Web site states the task force focuses on:

• Online organizations, enterprises, and communities that exploit children for profit or personal gain.

• Major distributors of child pornography, such as those who appear to have transmitted a large volume of child pornography via an online computer on several occasions to several other people.

• Producers of child pornography.

• Individuals who travel, or indicate a willingness to travel, for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity with a minor.

• Possessors of child pornography.

“The FBI and the Department of Justice review all files and select the most egregious subjects for prosecution. In addition, the (task force) works to … establish a law enforcement presence on the Internet that will act as a deterrent to those who seek to sexually exploit children,” according to FBI.gov.