Court denies Iowa man’s porn conviction appeal

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal appeals court has denied an appeal by an Iowa man convicted of possession of child pornography concluding that his constitutional rights against unreasonable searches were not violated by internet service provider AOL Inc.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejects in a ruling filed Thursday Jeremy Robert Stevenson’s contention that AOL was acting as an agent of the government when it scanned emails.

The court says AOL is not required to scan for pornography and isn’t requirement to report results, therefore it’s not a government agent.

Sevenson, who is 30, was arrested after AOL it had detected child pornography in emails in 2011. Authorities tracked the messages to his computer, where they found 721 images.

He pleaded guilty last July but appealed the constitutionality of the search.

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