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Child-porn charges for Canton man after images found in woods

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CANTON — A village resident was arrested following an investigation into child pornography found in the Woods Drive area in January, interim Canton Police Chief Victor N. Rycroft said Thursday.

Facing charges is Adam A. Gardam, 31, of 33 E. Main St., though Mr. Rycroft said Thursday that it still isn’t clear how the images found their way to the rustic spot behind a residential neighborhood not far from the edge of Canton Central School District property.

On Jan. 29, village police received complaints from residents in the Woods Drive area about pornographic images found in a wooded area behind their homes. The images appeared to be printed from a home computer and were sexually explicit depictions of minors in various stages of undress, police said.

In January, Mr. Rycroft said “a couple of photos were scattered on the ground” and were turned over to police by adults.

Investigation led police to Mr. Gardam, and a search warrant was obtained to enter his apartment. Computer equipment, a camera and other electronics were seized as a result of the investigation, and were turned over to the Department of Homeland Security Internet Crimes Division for forensic processing, Mr. Rycroft said.

Mr. Gardam was charged with possession of an obscene sexual performance by a child, a Class E felony, for the alleged possession of 38 images.

Court documents described the images as depicting “children of various pre-pubescent ages performing sexual conduct by themselves or with others,” including adult males. The photos were found on a laptop computer, according to arrest papers.

Mr. Gardam was arraigned in Canton Village Court and released to the supervision of probation. Additional charges could be pending, Mr. Rycroft said.

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