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Man accused for child porn
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FARMINGTON — A Syracuse man will be in court on Sept. 4, facing charges he stored and shared child pornography images and videos through peer-to-peer networks on his computer.

Malcolm John Purcell, 52, faces seven second-degree felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor after investigators allegedly found nearly 2,000 child porn photos and seven videos.

Officers with the Utah Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigated Purcell after a special agent allegedly found Purcell’s IP address had downloaded child porn from the The eDonkey Networks, beginning in July of 2012, according to a probable cause statement.

Investigators searched Purcell’s home on Jan. 30, 2013 and confiscated an external hard drive and a laptop. They allegedly found 1,968 “images of child erotica,” and seven videos “depicting victims estimated to be 12 years or younger,” the statement said.

Purcell denied any knowledge of child pornography and told agents he thought his computer may have been hacked, the probable cause statement said.

Purcell told investigators that the only file sharing he had done was in trying to set up a virtual private network for his work, but that he had been unsuccessful, court documents say.

He was charged July 23 in 2nd District Court in Farmington.

mwilliams@davisclipper.com

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