Stephen Austin, of Peoria, facing child pornography charges

PEORIA, AZ - Maricopa County authorities say a Peoria man has been arrested for allegedly sharing child pornography online.

County Sheriff's officials say 40-year-old Stephen J. Austin is being held on $25,000 bond on suspicion of 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

He was arrested at his home near 79th Avenue and Thunderbird Road early Monday morning, and had his initial court appearance Tuesday.

Court records show a sheriff's detective reported finding an internet protocol address linked to a user sharing more than 100 files of child porn over a peer-to-peer network.

After obtaining a subpoena for the suspect's I.P. address, sheriff's investigators executed a search warrant at Austin's home.

They say several hundred child pornography images and videos were discovered on Austin's laptop and on an external hard drive from his bedroom.

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