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Man faces porn charges in federal court

Timothy J. Boerger
Timothy J. Boerger
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017 10:32 am

A Fort Wayne man, who held police at bay last week as federal officers tried to execute a warrant, is scheduled to appear in federal court next week on charges he allegedly possessed and distributed child pornography, according to court documents. Timothy J. Boerger, 46, of the 1800 block of Lake Avenue, will appear in U.S. District Court next Tuesday afternoon for a detention/probable-cause hearing relating to two charges — he allegedly possessed and distributed child pornography from September to January.

Boerger barricaded himself in a bedroom shortly after 8 a.m. March 9 when federal officers tried to execute a search warrant on the residence. After about 40 minutes of negotiations, Boerger became unresponsive, resulting in officers entering the residence. Once inside, officers found Boerger in a "catatonic state" and a bottle of prescription medication nearby. Boerger was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

According to the affidavit, an FBI Task Force officer conducted an online investigation on the BitTorrent network for offenders who share child pornography, beginning Sept. 30, and found a computer containing 3002 files. The officer determined the computer had downloaded each file through its IP address, which was traced to Boerger's mother, who had been residing in a nursing home just prior to Boerger's arrest.

The officer then reviewed the downloaded images, which depicted nude children posing in sexually suggestive poses or engaging in sexually explicit activity. The children were part of a child pornography ring operating in the Ukraine, utilizing a modeling agency as a front, the affidavit said.

Between Nov. 17 and Jan. 2, the FBI had downloaded 28,633 images and 478 videos from Boerger's computer, according to the affidavit.



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