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Sleepy Eye man facing child porn charges

Chad Zeig, Brown County Jail

A Sleepy Eye man is accused of sharing child pornography images online.

Chad Larry Zeig, 46, was charged in Brown County Court with one felony count of dissemination of pornographic work of minors and 14 counts of felony possession of pornographic work of minors.

Court documents say the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension traced child porn images uploaded on Kik to Zeig. The images involved nude prepubescent girls, according to the complaint.

The BCA reported their findings to Sleepy Eye Police, who executed a search warrant at Zeig’s home Monday evening.

The complaint says Zeig waited outside his home with officers as investigators searched the residence. Zeig allegedly told police he had “a feeling” as to why his home was being searched. He also admitted to having “a little bit” of child pornography on his phone, says the complaint.

Zeig allegedly told officers “I’m f**ked,” and said, “why did I think I was invincible?” Zeig also told police the activity had been going on for “a long time,” says the complaint.

Investigators found images of a child known to Zeig, and another photo of a man’s penis depicted next to a pair of underwear. Those images appeared to be on Zeig’s device, and not downloaded, according to the complaint.

A number of images, videos, and files were found on Zeig’s phone, including four in a secured download file that depicted sexual assault and rape of minor girls and boys.

Zeig was arrested. The state has denied his request for a public defender on grounds that he does not qualify.

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