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City Water Employee Arrested On Child Pornography Charges

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An employee with the City of Columbus Division of Water is charged with pandering sexually oriented matter harmful to a juvenile after he admitted to downloading and viewing child pornography for a period of approximately five years.

Bryan Burns, 34, was arrested during a search of his residence located in the 1200 block of Lake on the Lane, which is located off of Godown Lane, Thursday at about 5 p.m.

Members of the Franklin County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force obtained a warrant for Burns’ residence after a lengthy investigation that began in June 2013 when his residence was identified as a location where child pornography was being downloaded and distributed via the internet.

During the search, investigators reported seizing numerous computers, computer equipment, and firearms. Investigators also reported finding thousands of pictures and DVDs that contained child pornography, homemade T-shirts and pillow cases that contained air-brushed images of child pornography, children’s toys, and a camping backpack that contained only rope and zip tie straps.

Major Steven Tucker with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office tells NBC4, the case is disturbing in many regards. First and foremost, the images and DVD’s they recovered.

“He was printing pictures, making collages of pornography, binders of images possibly in preferential order,” said Tucker. He also said that Burns has a full-size body pillow he would sleep with that had pornographic images of minors on it.

A complaint from the Franklin County Municipal Court stated Burns knowingly possessed material that depicted a minor engaging in acts of bestiality.

Burns allegedly admitted to downloading child pornography, according to investigators.

He was arrested and charged with one pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor, which is a fourth-degree felony.

Burns was arraigned in the Franklin County Municipal Court Friday morning. He was given a $50,000 bond.

Burns worked as a store keeper, which means he was responsible for keeping inventory of parts at the division of water, according to the City of Columbus Division of Water.

Brent Seager, who lives in the apartment right under the suspect, says he certainly didn’t see this coming. “Seemed friendly, super nice guy, I can’t believe it, it is shocking.”

Investigators say Burns could face future federal charges.

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