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Former USC teacher faces porn charges

March 19, 2017
Katie Mullaly - Register Staff Writer ( , Faribault County Register

A former United South Central teacher and technology director has been charged with nine felony counts of child pornography.

The retired USC teacher, John Marvin Degner, 66, of Wells was charged with two felony counts of circulating child pornography, and seven counts of felony possession of child pornography.

According to police reports, the Faribault County Sheriff's office and Wells Police Department assisted the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) Unit with an investigation in Wells.

A Faribault County Sheriff's office press release stated the investigation commenced when the BCA/ICAC Unit received Cybertips, an official tip line from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Special agents from the BCA reviewed the Cybertips and the images accompanying the Cybertips appeared to be of teen males.

The Cybertips shared the IP address and it was determined to belong to John Degner at an address in Wells. The user/screen name in the Cybertips was variations on the name "Jon."

These Cybertips were initiated by Microsoft on behalf of Skype and by the company Chatstep. Skype provided information that the username attached to its Cybertip was created with an IP?address that was no longer in use but an email address was provided.

Police reports state through a series of subpoenas, the email address was linked to a cell phone number which was found to belong to John Degner.

On March 10, the search warrant at Degner's residence in Wells took place. At the time of the search, Degner was home. He spoke with Special Agent Rittmiller and acknowledged that a flashdrive found in his bedroom contained a combination of at least 500 images and videos of child pornography.

A preliminary search of Degner's Macbook Air was conducted. Several specific video files were found with pornography involving young males between the ages of seven to 14 years old.

Once the search warrant was completed, Degner was arrested and transported to the Faribault County Jail.

Degner's bail was posted at $25,000 with conditions and at $150,000 without conditions. He has since been bailed out of jail.

His omnibus hearing involving the incident is set for Monday, April 17.



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