Brandon Herdt Charged With Sexual Exploitation Of A Child
A Casper man is accused of having child pornography on his computer.
Thirty-one year old Brandon Herdt has been charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a child, and one count of possession of a controlled substance marijuana.
Investigators with the Casper Police Department say they were informed by the Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigation, that a computer, with an IP address linked to Herdt, had been sharing digital files of child pornography in September.
When interviewed, Herdt claimed that his computer had been hacked recently, then later admitted to recently seeing videos and pictures on his computer that he believed he had not downloaded.
He also said he had been working on a neighbors' computer a number a years ago while in Evansville, and took various files from that computer, which contained some child pornography.
Herdt said he intended to delete the files and get the neighbor in trouble, but did neither one.
He then eventually admitted to searching for child pornography using peer-to-peer software, because he was "curious to see what was out there."
Upon searching the computer, investigators found a near half-hour long video of child porn and a bag of marijuana was found at Herdt's apartment.
He is being held on $25,000 bond awaiting trial, and could face up to 10 years in prison, on the sexual exploitation of a child charge, if convicted.