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Rural Montgomery man facing child pornography charges

March 29, 2019 05:32 PM

The Le Sueur County Sheriff's Department said a 61-year-old rural Montgomery man has been charged with 18 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of dissemination of child pornography.

Court records show he was charged Friday in Le Sueur County court.

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A release from the sheriff's department said Leonard Elmore Beatty III was arrested Wednesday after investigators from the sheriff's department executed a search warrant with assistance from the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force and the Minnesota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

The release alleges two investigations showed files determined to contain child pornography were being shared online, and the host computer was tracked back to Beatty's residence.

It goes on to state additional evidence of the possession and dissemination of child pornography was found after the search warrant was executed.

Investigators allegedly found multiple computer systems, external hard drives, hundreds of CDs containing downloaded files and multiple flash drives containing "sexually explicit material."

The criminal complaint states a total of 91 VHS movies with pornographic/sexually explicit titles, 393 CD movies with pornographic titles, 1 life-size female child doll, 23 flash drives, 14 SD cards, two external hard drives and two computer tower systems would be collected as evidence. 

Beatty is currently being held at the Le Sueur County Jail.

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