South Franklin man charged with possessing child pornography

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A Washington County man was being held in jail following his arrest yesterday on child porn charges brought by the attorney general's office.

Richard Mollenkopf, 40, of South Franklin, faces 16 counts related to possession and distribution of child porn.

He was targeted by the AG's Child Predator Unit, which traced a computer sharing child porn on a peer-to-peer network to his computer. Agents raided his house and seized two laptops, a computer tower and storage devices which they said contained hundreds of child porn images and videos.

Mr. Mollenkopf was jailed on a $100,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing April 10.


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