Soldotna man accused of distributing, possessing child porn

A Soldotna man is accused of possessing and distributing child pornography in connection with an investigation that began in Louisiana.

Remy Spring, 27, was arrested at his home in Soldotna on Wednesday after the Kenai Court issued a warrant, Alaska State Troopers wrote in an online dispatch report. The Soldotna section of the Alaska Bureau of Investigations Major Crimes Unit had been contacted back in June 2016 by the Louisiana Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit about “undercover operations” to find people who possess, make or distribute child porn in that state, according to the dispatch.

Authorities identified Spring when a search warrant was served at a Louisiana home and they determined that he lived there “but had just returned to Soldotna,” troopers wrote.

Officers seized Spring’s computer and electronic storage devices from his Soldotna home in July 2016, and they were examined by the Technical Crimes Unit in Anchorage, according to the dispatch. Examiners found “multiple images and videos of children being sexually exploited,” troopers wrote.

Online court records show Spring was charged on Monday with one count of distributing child pornography and six counts of possessing it. A bail hearing scheduled for Friday in Kenai District Court was vacated, the records show. Spring’s next hearing is set for February 13.

Distributing child pornography is a class B felony in Alaska, punishable by a presumptive range of five to15 years in prison if it is a person’s first felony. Possessing child porn, a class C felony, is punishable by a presumptive range of two to 12 years time if it is a first felony conviction.

Reach Megan Pacer at megan.pacer@peninsulaclarion.com.

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