Monday, March 17, 2008

Fort Wayne man faces charges for "tons" of child porn

Mug shot of Todd Smith
Mug shot of Todd Smith

(FORT WAYNE - WANE) A Fort Wayne man is facing federal charges after authorities found child porn while serving a search warrant at his home.

Last week, federal authorities went to the home of 40-year old Todd Smith located at 5430 Old Maumee Road, Lot 49.

The investigation began in January after an Indiana State trooper discovered child pornography was being shared from a computer with an IP address assigned to Smith.

After serving the search warrant, court documents indicate Smith could not estimate how much porn he had on video, computer hard drives and other media , but he described it as, "a ton".

Smith also told authorities he had sent out child porn as well, through email and a file sharing program.

The federal criminal complaint shows Smith told police; "I don't know why I like it so much, I just do".

Smith also said he spent 6 to 8 hours a day on the Internet viewing child porn.

To view the entire court document (pdf), click here.

He'll be back in federal court on Thursday. If convicted on both counts against him, Smith could spend at least five years in prison and be fined up to half a million dollars.

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