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TWIN FALLS — Police say a Twin Falls man admitted to possessing child pornography after the FBI flagged a suspicious advertisement he posted on Craigslist.

Brady Thompson, 29, was arraigned Wednesday on two counts of sexual exploitation of a child. Twin Falls police began investigating Thompson after they were contacted by an FBI agent last year, according to court documents.

Police said the FBI agent came across a Craigslist ad seeking a woman interested in “things like incest, young, and control” in February 2017. The agent responded to the ad pretending to be a woman who wanted to let her 11-year-old daughter be used for sexual purposes.

When the FBI traced the Craigslist ad back to Thompson, the Twin Falls Police Department agreed to take over the case. An officer reached out to Thompson, who admitted he had been in contact with a woman and her young daughter, according to a police affidavit.

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At first, Thompson told police that he “didn’t think” he had any child porn on his phone because he had deleted any photos or videos he might have had; the next day, he said he did have photos, videos, and emails showing children as young as 4 months old in sexual acts, according to the affidavit.

Police said they found a total of 16 photos of children who appeared to be younger than 12 years old on Thompson’s email account.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 18.

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