Child porn charges filed against Kansas man in threat case

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of threatening on social media to kill President Donald Trump faces additional charges after investigators found child pornography on his cellular phone and elsewhere.

Aaron McDowell, 24, of Salina was charged in a criminal complaint Tuesday with two counts related to the child pornography, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a news release.

That is in addition to the earlier charge filed last week of making a threat against the president. Prosecutors said McDowell wrote on Facebook that he was going to kill the president.

His defense attorney did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

An affidavit filed with the latest complaint says that while investigating the threat against Trump, authorities found a total of 152 files of child pornography on his phone and 2,800 such images in a cloud hosting service.

Investigators also found chats in which child porn was distributed. McDowell allegedly sent a link to another user on a messaging application that connected child pornography in online storage.

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