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Cary man charged with exploitation of minor

Posted July 7, 2010 4:29 p.m. EDT

— A Cary man faces nine counts of sexual exploitation of a minor after authorities found child pornography on his computers and associated storage media.

Police seized files in April from Andrew Walter Mannebech, 26, of 124 Westover Hills in Cary.

Investigators monitoring peer-to-peer file trading networks noticed files known to be pornographic being downloaded to and uploaded from a particular Internet Protocol (IP) address. They traced that address to a Time Warner Cable Internet account registered to Mannebech.

In requesting the search warrant, Officer Kevin R. West wrote, "It is highly probable in my training and experience with this network that a household member of the account identified by Time Warner is active in possession and sharing known or suspected child pornography."

According to the warrant, Mannebach identifies himself on Facebook and other Web sites as a graduate student studying pharmacy at Campbell University.