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A 35-year-old Logan man who was allegedly found in possession of an exceptionally large amount of child pornography was taken into custody Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Logan police detectives say a computer found in the home of Simon H. Saichek in July contained 14 terabytes of data, including “at least several” video files depicting preteen children in a sexual context, some of which included children who were bound, tortured or raped.

“This is the plea stage and not the sentencing stage, however, the officer indicated to me that this was some of the worst (child pornorgraphy) he has seen,” Cache County prosecutor Jake Gordon said Wednesday.

The files were discovered when police executed a search warrant on the Saichek residence after receiving a tip from an agent for the Utah Attorney General’s Office Internet Crimes Task Force.

The agent investigates file sharing networks and links files containing child pornography to the IP addresses of the people sharing those files.

According to court records, he reportedly found 34 files that he eventually linked to Saichek before turning the investigation over to Logan police for additional investigation.

Saichek was originally charged in 1st District Court with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony. He pleaded guilty to two counts on Wednesday and sentencing has been scheduled for Jan. 3. He will be held in the Cache County Jail until then.

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Amy Macavinta is the crime reporter for The Herald Journal. She can be reached at amacavinta@hjnews.com.

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