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Homemade child porn found on county worker's computer, police say

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HENDERSON, NV (FOX5) -

A Clark County public information officer is accused of downloading and recording homemade child pornography videos on a home computer and laptop he kept at his office.

Erik Muller admitted in a criminal complaint that he has a "pornography addiction" and said he had been viewing child porn for the past three or four years.

He is charged with multiple counts of sexual exploitation of a child, advertising child pornography, transporting child pornography, receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Detectives began investigating Muller in October after tracing shared files to the IP address of his computer.

The investigation led police to Muller's home -- which he shared with two roommates -- on Solitude Point, near MacDonald Ranch Drive in Henderson.

One of the roommates, Carlos Hernandez, told police he discovered child porn videos on Muller's PC when he was asked to repair the computer, according to the complaint.

Hernandez reported the findings to his wife, but didn't call police. In the complaint, Hernandez said he confronted Muller, but was told another roommate downloaded the videos.

Muller said he could not recall that conversation taking place, according to police.

During a search of Muller's home, authorities seized the PC tower and several storage devices. A laptop computer was also taken from Muller's office at the county's nuclear waste division.

The criminal complaint contains graphic descriptions of some of the hundreds of videos police said they found on Muller's computers.

Muller, according to the complaint, also admitted to recording himself masturbating on a web camera during conversations with "teenagers" who were at least 15 years old. Detectives say it's clear he asked their age, and some were as young as eleven.

Detectives said there were dozens of recordings, often involving Muller in chat rooms on the web site Tinychat.com, a popular site for teens.

"Nearly every time Muller is asked his age by any female juvenile, Muller tells them he is 17 years old," police said in the complaint.

Muller also frequently invaded chat rooms where he was not invited and exposed himself to juveniles online, often recording the sessions, according to the complaint.

Frank Tumminello lives two doors down from Muller and is horrified, "It's just not right, you're dealing with children!"

He has children and grandchildren living in his home. Tumminello's son Franky said he plays outside with his five-year-old nephew and is disturbed as well.

"I take him outside to ride his bike and scooter, all the time, so it's just sick to know that someone may be watching both of us," Franky said.

The 17-year-old told FOX5 that teens need to be extra cautious when chatting with strangers online.

"When you're online you just have to be careful of who you're talking to especially with Facebook and stuff," he said. "If you've never seen them before you don't even know who they are, no information I wouldn't even trust it."

"You have to watch what your kids are doing also, in your own house, behind closed doors, just to make sure," Frank Tumminello said.

In a statement to FOX5, a spokesman for Clark County said, "These are very troubling allegations and we extend our sympathies to the victims and their families. After being made aware of the federal investigation initiated by law enforcement and prior to them moving forward with an indictment of Mr. Muller, the county had initiated proceedings to terminate Mr. Mullers' employment."

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