Soldier accused of downloading thousands of files of child porn in court

Christopher Delgesso, 31, faces five felony counts of child sexual exploitation.
Christopher Delgesso, 31, faces five felony counts of child sexual exploitation.

COLUMBUS, Ga. –  A Fort Benning soldier accused of downloading more than 50,000 files of child pornography awaits a higher court’s ruling after appearing in Recorder’s Court Tuesday.

Christopher Delgesso faces five counts of felony sexual exploitation. After an initial court appearance Saturday for a judge to read his rights, Delgesso pleaded not guilty Tuesday afternoon. A judge later set bond for Delgesso at $25,000 for each charge, or $125,000 total.

Christopher Delgesso, 31, faces five felony counts of child sexual exploitation.
Christopher Delgesso, 31, faces five felony counts of child sexual exploitation.

Investigators say they tracked an IP address on Midland Chase Loop in Columbus, where Delgesso was allegedly downloading child porn. Police told the judge that when they interviewed Delgesso, asking how many files he downloaded, the soldier responded “too many to count.”

Police add that Delgesso started downloading porn since he was 15-years-old. He has a wife and two children. Capt. Gordon Griswould with the Columbus Police Department says with three similar cases in the past 45 days, detectives are looking for a pattern.

“Some that are doing the child porn, they pretty much pass it on to others in a group that passes it from one to another,” Capt. Griswould told News 3. “When we do apprehend one there are others out there already connected with that same individual possibly.”

Police say Delgesso was cooperative throughout the search process. The soldier could face more charges once investigators dig through several of his hard drives. The judge bounded Delgesso’s case over to Superior Court. Overall, police are concerned that these cases could escalate into potential physical harm or abuse, or even molestation.

 

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