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Phone left in hotel room brings child porn charges

Phone left in hotel room brings child porn charges

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A Chicago-area man who was in Madison as part of the annual Epic users group meeting was charged Friday with three counts of possessing child pornography after police found illegal images on a phone he left behind in his hotel room.

Cesar G. Munive, 50, of North Riverside, Ill., told police he downloaded images from the Internet onto a phone that was found Sept. 20 by a maid at Extended Stay America, 55 Junction Court, after Munive had checked out of his room, according to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court.

Hotel employees at first could not figure out who the phone belonged to because it contained no contact information or call records, but searching the phone further came upon the photo gallery that contained “questionable” photos.

According to the complaint:

The room had been reserved by Epic for an event company called Meeting House Companies, which assigned the room to Munive, who said that the phone was his.

Police analyzed the phone and found that most of the pictures on the phone were of girls between the ages of 7 and 12, clothed in underwear or swimsuits but in sexually suggestive poses. A later analysis by Detective Cynthia Murphy after a search warrant was obtained turned up nude photos of girls as young as 3 to 5 years old.

Murphy found that the phone was used almost solely for browsing pornographic websites.

Munive said he got the phone from his son, who died on July 5, 2012. According to a lawsuit Munive filed in federal court in Chicago, Munive’s 22-year-old son, also named Cesar Munive, was shot by a Cicero, Ill., police officer who used unjustified force against him.

Possession of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum three years in prison in Wisconsin after a recent law that took most sentencing discretion away from judges in child porn cases.

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