Columbia man had hundreds of child porn images and movies on computer

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A Columbia man is charged with possessing and disseminating child pornography from his home computers in Columbia. Police say they recovered 500 images and movie files depicting child pornography from computers owned by Joel Kuhn, 23, of 552 Manor Street, Columbia. Kuhn was caught after he shared a video depicting children engaged in sexual conduct with detectives.

The materials were discovered in August of 2012 during an online investigation that was being conducted to seek out individuals who were actively distributing child pornography.  The investigation was initiated by Ephrata Police Detective Brad Ortenzi, who is part of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.  The ICAC is a national group that targets online exploitation of children.

Kuhn confessed to downloading and viewing child pornography when questioned by police. Columbia Police Detective Matt Leddy charged with 5 counts of Sexual Abuse of Children .

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