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Spokanite jailed in 3rd child porn probe

A convicted sex offender already under investigation for possessing child pornography was jailed recently after a new investigation revealed ongoing illegal activity, according to court documents.

Shawn P. Sather, 34, was ordered to stay in Spokane County Jail without bail after appearing in U.S. District Court Tuesday on a charge of possessing child pornography.

He was arrested last week after an undercover detective in Colorado Springs, Colo., said he'd downloaded hundred of images of child pornography from an Internet user identified as Sather.

Federal agents already were awaiting a forensic analysis of computer seized from Sather's home at 1603 E. Ostrander Ave., last January. They had searched the home after a detective in Canon City, Colo., connected child pornography obtained online to Sather's computer, according to court documents.

Federal agents seized computer equipment from his home Jan. 14 and informed him of the ongoing investigation, but he was not arrested pending a more thorough examination of the materials.

Investigators say that examination still was not complete when they learned of the new allegations against Sather. Sather is a convicted sex offender because of a previous federal conviction in 2001 for possession and transportation of child pornography.

U.S. Magistrate Cynthia Imbrogno cited the previous investigation and Sather's conviction when she denied his request for bail on Tuesday. She said he appears to be a risk to the community.

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