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May 3, 2013

MSU fraternity member arrested in porn case

A member of a Minnesota State University fraternity was arrested Wednesday after five-month child pornography investigation that was started by an investigator with the Minnesota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

The Mankato Internet address, which investigators learned was being used by the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, was allegedly using a peer-to-peer sharing network to exchange images and videos of child pornography. The exchanges were discovered by the task force agent, who is an employee of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, in December.

Detectives with the Mankato Department of Public Safety were alerted about the discovery in February after the Internet address was verified through Charter. The fraternity was searched by police Wednesday and a wireless network was discovered inside, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday in Blue Earth County District Court.

Several members of the fraternity were questioned during the search because they all had access to the wireless network. During the questioning Tyler James Hausen, 23, allegedly admitted to having the peer-to-peer program on his computer. The computer was searched and images of nude, pre-pubescent girls were found, the complaint said.

Hausen appeared in court Thursday for two counts of disseminating child pornography and two counts of possessing child pornography.

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