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Konruff found guilty of possessing child porn

 

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Daniel D. Konruff, 37, of Sidney, pleaded "no contest" Tuesday to two charges of attempting to possess child pornography, a class 3A felony.

Daniel D. Konruff, 37, of Sidney, pleaded "no contest" Tuesday to two charges of attempting to possess child pornography, a class 3A felony.

According to a Nebraska State Patrol affidavit, in October Investigator Dean Christensen was assigned to investigate a cybertip, where a "single image of a topless three-year-old girl with her underwear pulled down around her thighs" was transferred to a Google Photo account.

The cybertip identified the IP address as belonging to Konruff.

Christensen visited Konruff at his home. According the affidavit, Konruff said he didn't have a home computer, used his phone, rarely used the internet and his email was often hacked. When a personal computer was spotted in the home, Konruff said it was mostly for gaming.

Christensen explained it wasn't Konruff's email address, but the IP address for his home.

The phone was confiscated and the information dumped onto a forensic computer. Christensen also discovered the most recently used application on the phone was one to wipe information from the device.

The information on Konruff's phone was dumped onto a forensic computer. At Sidney's NSP office, Christensen found 20 images of child pornography. Though he did not find the specific image tracked by cybertip, according to the affidavit, he "did see similar photos."

County Attorney Paul Schaub in Cheyenne County District Court Tuesday said Konruff "claimed his phone had been hacked." Schaub also explained how Christensen spotted Konruff on his phone and had an "app opened to clean and wipe the phone."

Among materials found on his computer, Schaub described a nine minute video of an "infant being forced to give oral sex to a female."

District Court Judge Derek Weimer declared Konruff guilty, finding "there is sufficient factual basis" for the charges.

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 17. Konruff faces three years in prison, 18 months post-release supervision and a $10,000 fine.

 

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