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Janesville man faces felony charges on child porn

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GINA R. HEINE
April 28, 2011
— A Janesville man said the thrill of doing something he knew was wrong attracted him to child pornography, according to the criminal complaint filed against him Wednesday.

Gregory A. Thompson, 33, of 1816 Mineral Point Ave., is charged in Rock County Court with five felony counts of possession of child pornography. A $5,000 cash bond was set at his initial appearance Wednesday afternoon.


Thompson was arrested Tuesday after a Rock County Sheriff’s Office investigation found an IP address assigned to Thompson’s home had child porn available for sharing over the Internet, according to the complaint.


Authorities executed a search warrant at Thompson’s home April 19. A laptop computer and two unlabeled DVDs were among the items seized from Thompson’s bedroom.


Videos and images were found, according to the complaint.


During an interview, Thompson told a detective he “knew that the items on his computer were wrong and that he has viewed them more than once,” the complaint reads.


According to the complaint:


“Thompson further claimed that child pornography was something different and he was curious. Thompson stated that he happened across child pornography while he was a Limewire customer two to three years ago.”


Limewire is a file-sharing website.


While downloading files of adult pornography, Thompson said, he “happened across files of child pornography and that child pornography was kind of like the thrill a person gets when they know they are doing something wrong.”


He stated he had images of younger girls on his computer, but he generally looked for the 13- or 14-year-old age group. Thompson also stated he tried to burn child pornography to DVDs, “but felt the process usually fails.”


Thompson faces fines of up to $100,000 and 25 years in prison for each count. He will appear in court at 3 p.m. Monday.



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