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Cops probe more porn cases

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

An initial appearance scheduled Monday for a Snyderville Basin man in his 20s accused of possessing child pornography was moved to July 27.

Joe I. Mason is charged with 10 counts of sex exploitation of a minor, which are second-degree felonies, the authorities say.

The state Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received a tip Mason was using his computer to view child pornography, Summit County Sheriff’s Office Detective Ron Bridge said.

Mason, who bailed out of the Summit County jail shortly after surrendering himself to authorities July 1, did not appear in 3rd District Court Monday.

Mason’s computer was seized by authorities, Bridge said. People found guilty of second-degree felonies in Utah could serve one to 15 years in prison for each count.

When reached by The Park Record Monday, an attorney for Mason did not comment about the case.

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Meanwhile, Bridge said there are multiple separate ongoing investigations in Summit County that involve child-pornography accusations.

"I just barely got them and I can’t tell you whether there are going to be arrests," Bridge said in a telephone interview Monday.

Investigators are monitoring people who view child pornography online, he said.

"It is a crime to possess it, distribute it, view it and fabricate it The majority of them are Internet based," Bridge said. "Every time a child is viewed being assaulted in a child pornography situation, they are victims every time somebody views it."

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