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Albion man arrested on charges of possessing child pornography

An Albion man was arrested Wednesday on charges of allegedly possessing child pornography, according to acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr.

Christopher Ridder, 45, faces a maximum 20 years in prison and $250,000 fine, if convicted.

Ridder on Wednesday made an appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer.

The investigation began after two Medina residents found a smart phone in the trash in front of a residence where Ridder formerly lived, according to assistant U.S. attorneys handling the case.

One of them opened an application for Ridder's Facebook. The phone also allegedly contained photographs of people the individual knew, as well as 75 images of boys, clothed and unclothed, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's office. The people who found the phone turned it over to the Village of Medina Police Department.

Law enforcement uncovered what allegedly appeared to be Facebook Messenger conversations that spanned a period of several days between Ridder and another person which included a discussion of prepubescent boys.

The case is the result of an investigation by the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Adam S. Cohen and the Medina Police Department, under the direction of Chief Chad Kenward. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Stephanie O. Lamarque and Aaron J. Mango are handling the case.

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