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Suspect arrested for sending graphic images to cell phone

A Connecticut man was arrested after he sent images of child pornography to the phone of a Howard City resident.

According to Howard City Police Chief Steven DeWitt, the police responded to a call, in October of 2009, from a citizen who reported that they received graphic images on their cell phone from an unknown source. Officer Moeggenberg responded to the call, and found multiple photos that displayed adults in graphic sexual conduct with very young children. The phone was seized by police, and during the first night, the suspect continued to send additional photos while it was in police custody.

Police executed multiple search warrants and subpoenas for phone records in an effort to identify the suspect, and found it led to someone from Connecticut. Howard City Police then began a joint investigation with the Connecticut State Police, and located the suspect. He was arrested, and reportedly admitted his involvement, stating that he had accidentally sent the pictures to the Howard City resident because he sent them to the wrong phone number.

The investigation is continuing in Connecticut, with investigators seizing a large amount of physical evidence and multiple suspects being identified and sought by police.

“This investigation and arrest was a direct result of a concerned citizen getting involved and making the initial report police,” said DeWitt.

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