FARMINGTON -- Three Davis County men have been charged with multiple felonies following an investigation by the Utah Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
The Utah Attorney General's Office filed 10 counts of second-degree felony sexual exploitation of a minor against Roger Lee, 57, and his nephew, Brandon Lee, 36, both of North Salt Lake.
Both men were booked Tuesday in Davis County Jail, with bail set at $15,000 each.
The AG's office also filed 12 counts of second-degree felony sexual exploitation of a minor against David C. Skidmore, 26, of Layton. He was booked Thursday into Davis County Jail with bail also set at $15,000.
All three appeared Friday in 2nd District Court in Farmington.
According to the probable cause statements, an investigator with the Utah Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force used a secure database to investigate Utah computers that were downloading, distributing and possessing child pornography files on the Internet.
The investigation in the Lee case began in March; the investigation in the Skidmore case began in July.
In each investigation, the officer found Internet addresses had been downloading child pornography for a long period. The investigator then found the owners of the Internet addresses.
Officers from the task force served a search warrant to the Lees' residence in June, according to court documents.
Roger Lee told investigators that his nephew, Brandon, had set up a network for computers in their home, according to the documents. He told officers the child pornography on the computer was his, not his nephew's.
Roger Lee also told investigators that he had been downloading child pornography for about 10 years, according to the documents.
Brandon Lee told investigators he wanted an attorney present before he talked to them, according to the documents.
Investigators seized the Lees' computers and sent them to the Intermountain West Regional Forensic Laboratory.
In November, investigators received a report from the forensic computer examiner that stated more than 150 video files and 700 image files related to child pornography were found on the Lees' computers, including on a computer tower found in Brandon Lee's room, according to the documents.
Investigators served a search warrant at Skidmore's apartment on Aug. 15.
Skidmore waived his Miranda rights, according to the document. He admitted to mass downloading from FrostWire, which could have included child pornography, but denied intentionally downloading child pornography.
Skidmore's laptop was seized and turned over to the state's computer forensic lab for evaluation.
On Dec. 14, investigators received a report from the forensic lab that showed child pornography was saved on the computer and an external hard drive. According to court documents, the files included movies of young girls involved in sexual activity with adult men.