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Man's home falsely raided for suspected child porn crimes

A man recently received an apology from federal officials after investigators falsely raided his home because they suspected him of illegally downloading child pornography. In child pornography investigations, the officials said agents usually show up with a warrant and enter a home calmly and seize the equipment they are looking for, but for some reason agents broke down the door when they arrived at the house and pointed their guns at the man.

The officials said that they regret the mistaken raid, but say that the case also serves as a warning to people who use an unsecured wireless account to access the Internet in their home or work. These accounts can be breached and used for illegal activities, which can then point investigators in the wrong direction.

In this man's case, his neighbor was allegedly using the man's unsecured wireless network to download child porn. People should use a password-protected wireless account in order to better protect themselves from being falsely accused of computer crimes.

According to the local paper where the incident occurred, after the agents broke into the man's house, they ordered him down on the floor, but he was in the middle of coming down the stairs and didn't know what to do, so the agents dragged him down the stairs and he fell into a table and landed on the floor. The man said that the agents treated him like he was absolutely guilty of a crime while they were in his home. After the man's ordeal, you would think he would be angry, but he is just looking to put it behind him. 

Source:

Feds apologize for raid violating West Side home (The Buffalo News)

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