Rochester teen accused of possessing child pornography
The Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN
Criminal charges have been filed against a Rochester teenager accused of having hundreds of images of child pornography on his laptop computer.
Jeremy Edward Mack, 18, 414 Seventh Ave. S.E., is charged in Olmsted District Juvenile Court with attempting to disseminate pornographic work, a felony; and possession of pornographic work on a computer, also a felony. He was charged when he was 17. He made his initial court appearance April 12.
The prosecution has requested to prosecute him under extended juvenile jurisdiction statutes. That means that if convicted, he would receive a stayed adult sentence and be under the juvenile court jurisdiction until age 21. If he were to violate terms of the sentence, the adult sentence could be imposed.
According to the petition, Rochester police were called a year ago after an officer with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force undercover operation said he had been able to download pornographic files from a computer in Rochester listed to the Mack address.
Rochester police initiated an investigation, searched Mack's residence and collected computers. In addition, the petition says, police found more than 700 images of child pornography on a laptop Mack used at a residence in Hayfield. The computer program identified by the task force officer as being used to disseminate child pornography was identified on that computer, the petition says.