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Man charged in child pornography case

A Red Wing man is accused of possessing child pornography after undercover investigators discovered images available for download from a computer traced to his home through a peer-to-peer file sharing service, according to a criminal complaint filed in Goodhue County District Court.

Alan Michael Pachter, 51, was charged with four felony counts of possession of child pornography following the execution of a search warrant at his residence on Feb. 21, 2013, which allegedly turned up multiple computers containing images of child pornography.

A Minneapolis Police Department officer with the Minnesota FBI Child Exploitation Task Force notified Red Wing police in January 2013 of an investigation that uncovered approximately 27 images of known or suspected child pornography, according to the complaint.

The investigation, conducted in 2012 from July 23 through Dec. 8 by an Internet Crimes Against Children task force, traced the IP address to Pachter’s residence, the complaint states.

A Minneapolis police officer reviewed a total of 98 discs containing images found at Pachter’s residence and allegedly found 77 child pornography files and 5,650 child erotica files before submitting the images to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for identification.

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Red Wing police received a report from the NCMEC that indicated 20 of the images submitted by the Minneapolis Police Department were of identified child victims from nine separate child pornography series, according to the complaint.

A Goodhue County IT specialist also conducted a forensic examination of a laptop discovered in the search, which were submitted to the NCMEC as well.

A total of 8,043 images found on the laptop computer were submitted to the NCMEC, the complaint states, and 4,565 were recognized as child erotica and six images were identified as known child pornography series of real children. The remaining 3,472 images were unidentified.

Police spoke with Pachter during the execution of the search warrant and he denied downloading or viewing child pornography, but later “admitted that he has a curiosity about child pornography but that he would never do anything to hurt a child,” according to the complaint.

On Oct. 10, 2014, Red Wing police received a Child Identification Report from the NCMEC confirming seven of the 8,043 images submitted were from six known child pornography series, the complaint states.

Each felony count is punishable by five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Pachter is scheduled to make his first appearance in court May 15.

John R. Russett

John Russett is a regional reporter for RiverTown Multimedia, covering a variety of issues facing RiverTown communities. Previously, he worked at the Red Wing Republican Eagle, where he reported on education as well as crime and courts. 

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