Police find 20,000 child porn images and movies on West Allis man's computer

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by Chris Patterson

WEST ALLIS -- A West Allis man already serving time for a driving offense is now being charged with five counts of possession of child pornography. 43-year-old Eric Theurich is accused of possessing over 20,000 photos and movies of underage children performing sexual acts on his desktop computer.

According to the criminal complaint, Theurich's female roommate says he left a video playing on his computer after he'd gone to sleep. She told police she then confronted Theurich about the child pornography, but he just blamed it on "pop ups".

After the roommate reported the child pornography to police, they searched the residence and found Theurich HP desktop computer. Detectives examined the hard drive and found approximately 20,000 images and movies containing child pornography. Police say Theurich hid the child pornography in a folder called "2009 Taxes".

The criminal complaint says Theurich admitted to downloading child pornography onto his computer using a program called LimeWire. When told how much child pornography was found on his computer he alleges he is not responsible for all 20,000 images and movies.

If convicted on all five counts, Theurich faces up to 125 years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines. He may also be charged an additional $500 per pornographic image found on his computer.

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