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Tucson man arrested on child porn charges

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A child pornography investigation led by local authorities, and with the assistance of US Marshals personnel, ended in the arrest of a Tucson man.

Sergeant Chris Widmer with the Tucson Police Department said the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit received an anonymous tip that a resident in the 3000 block of E. 17th Street possessed child pornography.

Detectives and U.S. Marshals personnel served a search warrant to the residence, where they located hundreds of downloaded images and videos depicting children involved in sexual acts, according to a TPD news release.

The suspect was later identified as 58-year-old Michael Linnertz.

He was booked into the Pima County Jail for ten counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Tucson News Now tracked down Linnertz at his home. He declined an on-camera interview and told crews to "forget about it." When asked if he wanted to share his side of the story, he said he wasn't ready to.

Neighbors say there are a lot of children in the area. Linnertz lives across from Reid Park and about a quarter mile away from an elementary school.

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