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Former fire captain to stand trial on sex charges

Former fire captain to stand trial on sex charges



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A 3rd District judge has ordered a former South Jordan fire captain to stand trial on two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Salt Lake County prosecutors filed the second-degree felonies against Michael Farnsworth in March. They say the state's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force found Farnsworth had downloaded thousands of pornographic images to his computer.

Investigators consider just two of the images child pornography.

They also say Farnsworth used the Internet site MySpace to talk to underage girls under the name "IRESQU707."

Defense attorney Roger Kraft says Farnsworth mistakenly downloaded illegal material while trying to access legal adult pornography.

Farnsworth, who worked for South Jordan from 1991 to 2007, will be arraigned on the charges Aug. 29.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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