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Bidlo charged with sexual abuse of children for child pornography

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GREAT FALLS -- Robert Charles Bidlo has been charged with seven felony counts of sexual abuse of children after law enforcement officers reportedly found scores of child pornography images on one of his computers.

A Great Falls police detective, who is also a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, received a tip from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) that a woman who once lived next door to Bidlo claimed that Bidlo had tried to "groom" her young daughter when she lived in Great Falls. 

The woman said that Bidlo had tried to get her daughter alone, and that she had seen him on several occasions looking at child pornography on his computer. 

About one year ago, the woman said she was helping Bidlo install anti-virus software on one of his laptop computers, and when she clicked on one of the desktop icons, a picture of a naked girl that appeared to be 7 or 8 years old, with her legs spread and her crotch exposed, popped up. 

Bidlo reportedly told the woman that the pictures that she saw were for research purposes, and it was not child porn. 

The woman also told police that she saw a Viagra bottle and several used and unused condoms nearby. 

When police officers went to Bidlo's home and asked to look at the contents of his computers, according to court documents, Bidlo said he didn't want to let them see it because he feared there were several pictures of naked children on the computer. 

He told officers that while he was surfing the internet, the images would pop-up. 

Officers then obtained a search warrant and conducted a forensic examination of one of Bidlo's computers. 

In the search terms that were saved in the web browser, officers found that Bidlo had conducted internet searches using the following terms: preteen nude girls; preteen boys porn; preteennudemodels; young nude preteen girls; preteen porn; gay preteen boys porn; and several other similar terms. 

Also found on the computer were nearly 400 images suspected to be child pornography; 116 of the photos were identified by the NCMEC and international law enforcement agencies as being known child pornography based on file names and hash values discovered in previous investigations. 

The photos were found in the cache files of the browser. 

Of those photos, seven are being used as the basis for charging Bidlo.

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