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Westminster man charged with possession of child pornography

James Connor Cook
James Connor Cook (Courtesy Photo)

A Westminster man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly admitted to investigators that a Dropbox account containing child pornography belonged to him.

James Connor Cook, 21, of the 300 block of Hawthorne Court, was charged with five counts of possession of child pornography. He was released on his own recognizance the same day, according to electronic court records.

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According to the statement of charges, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children contacted Westminster police detectives after Dropbox contacted the agency in regard to an account containing images and videos of child pornography.

Investigators recovered the account, with screen name Connor Cook, through a search warrant. They found a shared account containing 18 videos of child pornography as well as a private account containing 192 images and videos of females between the ages of 9 and 15 engaged in sexual acts, according to the statement.

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Investigators subpoenaed subscriber information for the IP addresses used to access the account. They were allegedly tied to Cook’s residence and workplace, according to the statement.

A search warrant was executed on Cook’s residence. He chose to waive his Miranda rights and spoke to the investigators. He said he set up the account for the purpose of saving child pornography and that he knew what he was doing was illegal, according to the statement.

Cook could not be reached for comment because no telephone number was listed in court documents. A court date is scheduled for April 17.

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