Posted at: 12/06/2012 6:41 PM
Updated at: 12/06/2012 6:44 PM
By: Katie Eldred
(ABC 6 News) -- A Stewartville man is in custody after more than 188 images of child pornography were found on his computer. Twenty year old Nicholas Nelson has been charged with felony possession of child pornography.
The Internet Crimes Against Children task force helped to make the arrest.
According to the criminal complaint Nelson originally told law enforcement that he didn't know what they were talking about.
With the help of the ICAC task force officials were able to track down more than 188 images of child pornography to Nelson's computer.
"It's one of the most heinous crimes out there, one we definitely take a serious stance on," said Sgt. Tom Claymon.
The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Department says the ICAC or Internet Crimes Against Children task force uses technology to track child pornography images.
"If individuals are looking or trolling at child pornography and are detected by this task force, they contact the local agency," said Sgt. Claymon.
Nelson was arrested after an ICAC member connected his computer’s IP address to another child pornography case.
ICAC is also able to track these images back to the victims,
"Medical effects, emotional effects, it really spans and has a long term effects on victims," said Jeanne Ronayne.
Ronayne of Olmsted County Victim Services says because they are images people sometimes forget about the victims in these crimes
"We are distanced from it because it's a picture of some child being abused," said Ronayne,
With it being nearly impossible to delete images off the internet, the images haunt the victims.
"You can't control it and so it continues to do that damage over and over again," said Ronayne.
"They may feel it's an image and that they are not victimizing but they are just continuing it," said Sgt. Claymon.
With Wednesday's arrest the Sheriff's department is hopeful there is one less person out there victimizing these children.
"Luckily we have guys like ICAC members that are skilled in computers and are able to track these people," said Sgt. Claymon.
According to the criminal complaint, using a national database of exploited children officials were able to identify 8 of the child victims in the images.