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Man accused of possessing child porn, sexual exploitation of a minor

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Man accused of possessing child porn, sexual exploitation of a minor
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

A Mitchell man is charged with possession of child pornography and sexual exploitation of a minor after receiving a nude picture of a 17-year-old girl.

Ty Hamar, 21, told police he received the picture via text message.

On June 26, Abbott House officials reported one of the girls sent the photo to Hamar. The girl also had a text conversation with him. During the conversation, Hamar asked the juvenile to send more sexually explicit photos of herself. The photo was taken from the girl's cell phone as evidence.

Hamar told law enforcement he deleted the photo after he was contacted for a police interview, but admitted to keeping the photo on his phone from June 25 to July 2.

The child pornography charge carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. The sexual exploitation of a minor charge carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine.

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