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Couple charged in child porn case went back to living at day care, warrant says

A Sandy couple accused in a child porn investigation were rearrested in December after police say they went back to living at a home that also ran a day care business, which was against the conditions of their release.

A Sandy couple accused in a child porn investigation were rearrested in December after police say they went back to living at a home that also ran a day care business, which was against the conditions of their release. (Sackhorn, Shutterstock)


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SANDY — A Sandy couple accused of accessing child pornography while working at a home day care are in more trouble for returning to the same home, according to police.

Kadence Pinder, 24, and Marcus Strebel, 29, were charged in February with numerous counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony. Pinder was charged with 15 counts and Strebel with 10, according to court records. Both lived at 9194 Benson Way and worked at the attached day care that is operated by Strebel's mother.

As part of the conditions of their pretrial release, they were not allowed to access the internet, have contact with anyone under 18, and could not be in any place where children were known to be — which included the house on Benson Way.

But according to newly released court documents, both are suspected of violating the conditions of their pretrial release.

In July, an investigator with the Internet Crimes Against Children task force received a tip from Google that suspected child pornography was uploaded to an account registered to an address at 9194 Benson Way, according to arrest warrants for both Pinder and Strebel.

Based on that tip, investigators kept surveillance on the Sandy home in November and observed both "Strebel and Pinder at the residence during business hours for the day care," according to the arrest warrants.

On Dec. 6, members of the task force served a search warrant on the home. Investigators learned that both had been living there and had been accessing the internet, the warrants state.

During the execution of the search warrant, suspected methamphetamine was also found and the Salt Lake County Health Department closed the house to occupancy until it could be decontaminated. Sandy police stated the meth was discovered in the living area of the house, away from the day care and not in an area where the day care children would typically be. The day care was providing for fewer than five children, according to the health department.

Strebel had agreed to plead guilty to his original charges in November. But during a court hearing on Dec. 20, after he was arrested, prosecutors stated that they did not wish to go forward with the plea at that time, although the defense said it wanted to, according to court records. The hearing was continued until Jan. 18.

Pinder's next hearing is scheduled for Jan. 21.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the KSL.com team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.

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