Suspect arrested for sexual exploitation of a minor

Jun 22 2012 - 7:47pm

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OGDEN -- A 27-year-old man has been arrested following an extensive child pornography investigation by the FBI.

Daniel Linford was booked into the Weber County Jail on Friday on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. His bond was set at $100,000.

The FBI was contacted in November 2008 by a computer technician, according to a probable cause statement. The technician found a folder on a laptop computer used by Linford that contained what appeared to be child pornography, and the technician made an image of the hard drive as evidence, the statement reports.

The FBI subsequently found multiple child pornography images on a computer that Linford used, according to the probable cause statement. He searched for child pornography on file-sharing computer programs using terms like "young," "child," "kid" or "underage," the statement reports.

In December 2011, FBI agents interviewed Linford at his apartment in Salt Lake City.

Linford denied being involved in child pornography and implicated his former male partner. Then in January, the FBI interviewed Linford again and he admitted to viewing child pornography on the laptop that he gave to his former partner, according to the probable cause statement.

The statement also reports Linford had exchanged email with a man he met through Craigslist.

"During this exchange, Linford received images of child pornography which depicted young boys, approximately 12 to 13 years old, in various stages of undress, as well as nude photos," the probable cause statement reports. "In return, Linford sent pictures of boys that were adolescent, approximately 16 to 17 years old, to the individual."

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