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Superior man faces child pornography charges

A village of Superior man accused of possessing child pornography waived time limits for his preliminary hearing Wednesday, Nov. 14, in Douglas County Circuit Court.

Nicholas Scott Johnson, 28, faces six felony counts of possession of child pornography. He remains in custody at the Douglas County Jail. A $50,000 cash bond was set for Johnson and he was ordered to have no contact with minors and no use of the internet or electronic devices with access to the internet.

According to the criminal complaint, officers with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant, based on a cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, on Sept. 10 at Johnson's residence in the village of Superior.

According to the tip, someone was uploading known pornography at an IP address that was traced to the residence, where Johnson lived with a relative.

Johnson told deputies that people send him links in Dropbox, a file-sharing program. He claimed that he didn't intentionally download child pornography, but that he had unintentionally opened child pornography before.

Deputy Ed Gallagher located 516 images of suspected child pornography from a laptop computer Johnson used. Eight of them — six different images and two duplicate images — depicted known and identified child victims engaged in sexually-explicit material.

If convicted, each count carries a maximum penalty of 25 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000. Johnson's next court appearance was set for Wednesday, Nov. 21.