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Midvale man charged with uploading, sending child pornography

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SALT LAKE CITY — A Midvale man faces criminal charges after police say he kept creating different social media accounts because he kept getting kicked off them for distributing child pornography.

Brennen James Gentner, 20, was charged Thursday in 3rd District Court with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony.

Between January and March, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received four tips from Discord, a group messenger app, that someone was uploading suspected child pornography on its platform, according to charging documents.

In January, it was reported that someone uploaded 20 child porn files on Snapchat, the charges state.

All of those incidents were traced back to Gentner, according to the charges. Agents from Utah’s Internet Crimes Against Children task force served a search warrant on his home on Tuesday.

When interviewed by agents, Gentner “explained he thought it would be funny to send child pornography to others and admitted he would create new Discord accounts after they would be disabled. Gentner admitted the only reason why he stopped using Discord to access and send child pornography was because he got tired of being banned so frequently,” according to charging documents.

Investigators also found approximately 1,000 images and videos of child pornography on Gentner’s cellphones,” the charges state.

Prosecutors have requested Gentner be held on $250,000 bail.