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Sandy man arrested for possessing over 8,000 files of child pornography

Posted at 7:10 PM, Nov 12, 2020

SANDY, Utah — A Sandy man was arrested after a cybertipline flagged officials that he uploaded hundreds of inappropriate photos of children online.

32-year-old Austin Stewart was arrested on 15 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and three counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, according to arrest documents.

At the end of October, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received about 150 cybertips from an electronic service provider that reported a user uploaded hundreds of files depicting child pornography.

Five of the flagged files were allegedly taken by Stewart,according to the task force.

NCMEC determined the user was located in Utah and handed the reports off to the Utah Attorney General's Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

On November 10, a search warrant was served on the residence reported. Stewart was found to be inside the home he admitted to taking inappropriate photos of a child on his phone but said he lost his phone on the UTA Trax thereafter.

Stewart also admitted that he had inappropriately touched a child on separate occasions.

Over 8,000 files of child pornography were found on two of Stewart's devices.

Stewart is being held without bail.

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