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Janesville man charged with downloading child porn

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ANN MARIE AMES
September 4, 2010
— A Rock County Sheriff’s Office investigator used information from a public file-sharing system to find a Janesville man charged with downloading child pornography, according to court documents.

Joseph B. Frank Jr., 19, of 411 S. Harmony Drive, Janesville, was arrested Tuesday and charged with five counts of felony possession of child pornography, according to a sheriff’s office news release.


According to court documents, police seized three laptops, two cell phones, 13 hard drives, other computer equipment, marijuana and drug paraphernalia from Frank’s home.


During the investigation, police downloaded 13 files from Frank’s computer, according to the documents. All contained images of children, and at least six were images of pre-pubescent girls in sexual positions or engaged in sexual intercourse.


Frank is free on a $25,000 bond and scheduled to appear in court Sept. 28.


People who collect child pornography frequently exchange material using free, public file sharing networks, according to court documents.


Investigators search such sites using software developed for the prevention of Internet crimes against children, according to the affidavit. Investigators can identify Internet Protocol addresses of computers that are suspected of being used to download child pornography from such networks.


Investigators also can use software to identify the geographic region of IP addresses.


On July 23, Frank’s IP address was identified as a candidate for downloading suspected child pornography, according to court documents. A Rock County investigator connected to Frank’s computer through a public file-sharing network and downloaded 13 files identified as child pornography or erotica. The investigator obtained a subpoena to Charter Communications to get Frank’s name and address.



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