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Pair who worked at Sandy day care accused of having child pornography

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SANDY — Two people who live at a Sandy house that also acts as a home day care are accused of accessing child pornography, according to investigators.

Kadence Pinder, 24, and Marcus Strebel, 29, who both live at 9194 Benson Way in Sandy, were charged Tuesday in 3rd District Court by the Utah Attorney General’s Office with numerous counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony. Pinder was charged with 15 counts and Strebel with 10, court records state.

The investigation began in December 2019 when Google detected suspected child pornography being uploaded to an account, charging documents state.

“A search warrant was executed on the two suspected Google email accounts. I located child pornography within the accounts,” the investigator wrote in charging documents.

Pinder and Strebel were later interviewed and claimed they may have accidentally come across child porn while looking for adult porn on Tumblr, according to the charges. But when investigators searched both of their phones, downloaded child pornography was found, the charges state.

Both Pinder and Strebel live in the same residence as a home day care business and are employees of the business, the charges state.

“Pinder has already been the subject of a DCFS investigation of a potential hands-on child sexual offense. Though the investigation has been closed, (there) remains a potential danger to children Pinder has access to,” according to charging documents.

No-bail arrest warrants were issued Tuesday for both Pinder and Strebel.