MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — More details are revealed in court documents on circumstances surrounding the federal child pornography charges filed against an Austin couple.
Anthony and Deborah Edge are accused of creating, collecting, and distributing child pornography. In a response to several motions filed by the defendants, prosecutors are laying out for the court, the background of the allegations. This is in an attempt to answer objections filed by both Edges that certain evidence should not be allowed in trial.
According to the prosecution’s response:
The investigation began on March 13, 2014 when administrators from the chat website Omegle passed along evidence of suspected child pornography being distributed on their site. They contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which passed the evidence along to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Investigators tracked the IP address to the Edge home in Austin, where they found a camera similar to the make and model of that used on Omegle, as well as 1,000’s of images of child pornography on computers in the home. Some of these images reportedly included prepubescent children and infants.
In the home, investigators found two “pin-hole” undercover cameras purchased by Anthony Edge, which they believe were used to secretly record a child living in the home. Videos taken with these cameras allegedly show a young girl, nude in the bathroom, and show Deborah posing the girl for the camera and having her hold a sign to be read by another person watching online through the secret camera.
Anthony Edge has prior convictions for possession of child pornography and failure to register as a sex offender.
The trial is scheduled to begin in December.