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Former Utah college football player ordered to stand trial in child porn case

Published February 21, 2013 8:10 am

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A former Southern Utah University football player was ordered Wednesday to stand trial for allegedly downloading child pornography in 2010.

Cameron Anthony Morgan, 22, was charged last year in 5th District Court with 10 counts of second-degree felony sexual exploitation of a minor.

During a Wednesday preliminary hearing in Cedar City, Morgan's defense attorney stipulated that there was evidence of child pornography on his laptop computer.

But according to court documents, Morgan has told investigators that the child porn was accidentally downloaded in a larger batch of adult pornography he obtained through LimeWire, a peer-to-peer file sharing site.

"Morgan said that in using LimeWire to search for pornography, he would come across child pornography," an investigator wrote in court documents. "He said that if he did download child pornography, it was not on purpose."

During a search of Morgan's laptop, investigators found nine images and one video that contained depictions of children age 8 to 12 years old involved in sexual acts.

Morgan pleaded not guilty Wednesday to all 10 counts.

No trial date has been set. Each of the counts is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.