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Google tip leads to child porn charges for Fargo man

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FARGO — A Fargo man is charged with 11 counts of possession of child pornography after Google alerted national activists that he had child porn on his email and IP addresses.

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Devin Cole Reed, 26, was charged Friday in Cass County District Court with 11 counts of possession of prohibited materials, a Class C felony.

According to court documents, a Fargo police detective received a cybertip from Google via the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about a child porn image on an IP and email address.

Those addresses were associated with a Fargo user, the tip indicated.

Investigators from Fargo police and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation interviewed Reed on Thursday, and Reed allegedly admitted possessing, distributing and receiving child pornography images.

The images allegedly featured children from infancy up to age 13.

Authorities said he also told investigators he had received child porn images after asking children for them in online conversations.

Reed was arrested and his bail was set at $15,000. His next court date is set for May 7.

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