A 25-year-old Auburn man is facing two felony charges for allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography.

New York State Police Investigator Anthony Gower said that after obtaining a search warrant of 57 Walnut St., officers arrested Chris Harrington on Oct. 24. Gower said Harrington was using his cell phone to download child pornography and had shared it, too, through a group chat. Police found a combination of images and videos of children under the age of 17, which Gower called "God-awful." 

While Gower didn't have the exact number of images and videos in Harrington's possession he said, "I think one video and one picture is a lot."

Harrington was reported to state police through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The private nonprofit organization, Gower added, partners with federal agencies, local and state law enforcement as well as the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Gower said the NCMEC receives info from the public and private sector about people using the internet for child exploitation and contacts the appropriate agencies for investigation.

The investigation into Harrington was reported in March. Gower said it takes time to get subpoenas together and for computer crime lab technicians to search every piece of electronic equipment in the residence.

Following the investigation, Harrington was charged with promoting an obscene sex performance by a child under the age of 17, a class D felony, and possession of an obscene sex performance by a child, a class E felony. 

Harrington was arraigned in the Town Of Aurelius Court and remanded to the Cayuga County Jail on $2,000 cash bail or $4,000 bond. The Cayuga County Jail reported that Harrington had been bailed out and released on Oct. 25. He is expected to return to court for a pre-trial conference at 9:15 a.m. on Dec. 13.

Staff writer Gwendolyn Craig can be reached at (315) 282-2237 or gwendolyn.craig@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @gwendolynnn1.

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