Pornographic images were not of former USC students

Published 2:29 pm Saturday, March 25, 2017

None of the more than 500 images found on the laptop of a retired United South Central educator are believed to be images of USC students.

John Marvin Degner, 66, of Wells was charged earlier this month with two counts of dissemination of child pornography and seven counts of possessing child pornography.

Wells Police Chief Tim Brenegan said investigation revealed the images were downloaded from the internet.

John Marvin Degner

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Court documents state Degner was charged after the Wells Police Department and Faribault County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Internet Crimes Against Children Unit with an investigation earlier this month.

An IP address was linked to Degner’s email and phone number.

Court documents state law enforcement conducted a search warrant of Degner’s home that day. Degner reportedly admitted that a flash drive found in his bedroom contained a combination of at least 500 videos and images of child pornography.

Court documents state a preliminary search of Degner’s laptop found images of child pornography involving boys ages 7 to 14.

Degner was a longtime USC educator and retired as technology director in spring 2016.

His next court appearance is scheduled for April 17.

Disseminating child pornography carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Possessing child pornography carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

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Sam Wilmes covers crime, courts and government for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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