ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Minnesota House aide has been charged with 12 counts of possessing child pornography.
According to the criminal complaint, the investigation into Rory Allen Koch, 39, began in June of 2009 when the Minnesota Internet Crimes Against Children received tips from AOL that someone using the screen name Chadwhite73 may be sending emails of child pornography.
After receiving a subpoena, AOL provided information that identified the account holder as Koch.
The House website lists Koch as Committee Administrator for the Republican Caucus.
A search warrant was executed on Koch's residence in the 1500 block of Grand Avenue in St. Paul on September 20, 2010. Two computers were seized from the home.
In the complaint, Koch admitted during a police interview that he received child pornography over the internet. He claimed he did not intentionally distribute it and tried to delete the images.
When confronted with a photo from his computer that appeared to show a teenage male in a sexual pose, Koch acknowledged he would likely have child pornography on his computers.
According to the complaint, an examination of the computers found several images of prepubescent females and males in sexual poses or acts.
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