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Spokane man arrested for child porn

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WARNING: SOME OF THE DETAILS IN THIS STORY ARE GRAPHIC

According to court documents KHQ obtained Thursday, Spokane Police arrested 29-year-old Merlin T. Hopkins for three counts of possession of depictions of minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Spokane Police tell KHQ's Liz Burch this arrest was made Wednesday. He is in jail on a $100,000 bond.

Court documents say detectives searched Hopkins' home and interviewed both him and a roommate after they received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. His roommate verified that he had seen Hopkins view child pornography on the internet.

According to court documents, Hopkins plead guilty to Aggravated Assault with sexual motivation for raping a three-year-old child in Kootenai County, when he was a teen.

They go on to say Hopkins told detectives in an interview that he "did trade images of children engaged in sexual activity with people he met on the internet," and "that those images showed individuals ranging in age from toddlers to adulthood."  According to the documents, he went on to say he chats with teens online and offered his apartment as "a place for young females to come stay with him and engage in a sexual relationship." He also told detectives "that he currently is chatting with a 12-year-old female, and a 19-year-old female from England as well as an adult male from France. That the purpose of this chat is to broker a deal in which the male from France flies to the USA and buy the 12-year-old female for $100,000. The 12-year-old female would be brought to the USA by the 19-year-old female." The documents then say Hopkins admitted to sharing and receiving images of underage children via e-mail, and owned a USB drive containing 1,500 images of minors engaged in sexual acts.

During an interview with detectives, Hopkins also admitted to having multiple guns in his home. 

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