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Panhandle man facing 8 counts of child porn possession/distribution appears in court

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A panhandle man facing 8 counts of child pornography distribution has his case bound over to district court.

29-year-old James Larive was in county court Tuesday morning for a preliminary hearing relating to charges of child pornography distribution.

An investigator from the State of Nebraska Attorney General's Office testified on behalf of the prosecution.

The investigator, Kerry Crosby, says an undercover computer at the Attorney General's office in Lincoln detected an Internet protocol (IP) address in Scotts Bluff County that was involved in advertising (sharing and downloading) files considered contraband. 

Crosby went into detail about the videos Larive is suspected of downloading, he says many of the videos connected Larive's IP address depict infants and young children engaged in explicit and sexual interaction.

A total of 8 videos are included in the case against Larive, four of which were intercepted and downloaded onto the Attorney General's undercover forensic computer, and four of which were found through a search warrant of Larive's personal computer. 

Investigators say an initial examination of Larive's personal computer uncovered an excess of 200 video and picture files of sexually explicit content with children under the age of 18.

Crosby said dozens of file-sharing programs were uncovered on Larive's computers. 

Crosby said in cross-examination that Larive admitted he searched the Internet, on many occasions, using the term PTHC (Pre-Teen Hard Core).

Crosby says Larive stated in an interview at the Nebraska State Patrol Troop E Headquarters that he "accidentally" downloaded a zip file that contained hundreds of files of children that infected his computer, and he was attempting to delete them.

County Judge Kris Mickey stated the state had met its burden to show probably cause, and bound the case to District Court.

Larive is scheduled for arraignment on Friday, march 14 at 1 p.m.

 

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