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Local man, 32, jailed on child porn counts

– A Fort Wayne man was charged Tuesday with possession of child pornography after police said they found nearly 2,400 pictures and 50 videos on his computer.

Justin T. Whitmore, 32, of the 1800 block of Rosemont Drive, faces the single charge of child pornography possession as the result of an investigation that started in 2011, according to a probable cause affidavit.

In 2011 the Indiana State Police’s Internet Crimes Against Children Division found numerous files online that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children lists as usually being of interest for child pornography investigations.

Police learned those files were being downloaded to a Fort Wayne computer via a file-sharing website, the affidavit said.

In July 2012, police searched Whitmore’s home and seized his computer where they found 48 movies nearly 2,400 images of child pornography, according to the report.

Police said Whitmore told them that he used generic search terms when on file-sharing websites and if there were child pornography files on his computer it, was because he hadn’t had time to sift through his results and delete them.

He told investigators there might be as many as 100 child pornography files he unintentionally downloaded and added he is addicted to downloading the files but not the content of the files, according to the affidavit.

Police wrote in the charging documents that Whitmore became very upset when he learned his computer would be fully examined by police and asked, “Is my life over or what?”

Whitmore was being held Tuesday at Allen County Lockup in lieu of $2,500 bail.

cmeyers@jg.net

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