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$100K bail set for suspect in child porn investigation

Apr 9, 2015 By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

A child pornography charge has been filed against a Lander man whose house police raided April 2.

The Fremont County Attorney's Office on April 6 charged Joseph Scott Hendrix, 32, with one count of sexual exploitation of children. Allegedly, he received, distributed reproduced or delivered child pornography between Feb. 24 and April 2.

If convicted, he would face five to 12 years in prison.

Lander Circuit Court Judge Robert B. Denhardt set Hendrix's bail at $100,000 cash.

The defendant has a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 15.

Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigations and Lander Police officers executed a search warrant April 4 on Hendrix's home in the 900 block of Cliff Street in Lander. They questioned Hendrix and seized computers from the home. Afterward, they arrested the Lander man and called the Department of Family Services to take custody of three young children who had been living at the residence.

"During the interview, Hendrix admitted to searching and downloading child pornography via peer-to-peer software," DCI special agent Brenten Metcalfe wrote in an affidavit.

Earlier in the investigation, Division of Criminal Investigation special agent Mark Timmons used peer-to-peer file-sharing software to download child pornography from a particular Internet Protocol address from Feb. 24 to March 8, Metcalfe stated. Metcalfe reviewed the videos and found they involved a child who has been identified and is known to a national center for exploited children.

He found that the IP address belonged to Hendrix, and the special agent discovered the Lander man's address, leading to the April 4 raid.

DCI officials at the scene said they anticipated federal prosecutors would charge Hendrix also, but no charges had been filed in U.S. District Court through Tuesday.

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