Andrew Long draws five new charges

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FARMINGTON — A Farmington man is facing a new set of child pornography charges after more than 5,800 files were found stored on an online cloud storage website account allegedly tied to him.

Andrew Long, 29, is accused of two counts of manufacturing visual medium of sexual exploitation of children, two counts of distribution of visual medium of sexual exploitation of children and one charge of possession of visual medium of sexual exploitation, according to court records.

Long was released on his own recognizance on Aug. 14 after being arrested on Aug. 11.

He was first charged with one count of manufacturing, distribution and possession of child pornography on Dec. 30.

Steve Murphy, Long's attorney, described the investigation into his client as "piecemeal" and stated the charges should have been filed a long time ago.

Long pleaded not guilty to the Dec. 30 charges on Aug. 7 during a pretrial conference in Aztec district court, according to records. Murphy believes Long also will plead not guilty to the new set of charges.

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The new charges stem from instances in August and September last year when Long is accused of uploading and sharing images depicting child pornography, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children relayed several tips to the San Juan County Sheriff's Office regarding a Dropbox online cloud storage account allegedly tied to Long, the affidavit states.

More than 5,800 files depicting child pornography were uploaded to the account across three dates in August 2016 and one date in September.

Detective Erik Barlow of the San Juan County Sheriff's Office said the manufacturing charges stem from Long allegedly making copies of the files to upload to his Dropbox account.

He added the distribution charges come from Long allegedly making the files available to download.

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As part of the investigation, detectives determined the same Dropbox account, email account and IP address Long allegedly used in the first set of charges were the same in the new set of charges.

The sheriff's office recently made another arrest for distribution and possession of child pornography in a separate case.

Anthony Mihaley of Kirtland was accused of distribution of visual medium of sexual exploitation of children and possession of visual medium of sexual exploitation (child under 13), according to court records.

Barlow said the sheriff's office has not seen a recent increase in the number of child pornography investigations, stating the number of cases has been "pretty steady" for the last three or four years.

When asked if there would be any additional charges filed against Long, Barlow said there is an ongoing investigation into Long's online activities.

Long's preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday in Aztec Magistrate Court.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.

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