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Court: Rhinelander sex offender can keep pictures of children

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A state appeals court has dismissed charges against a sex offender, ruling he can possess photos of children he cut out of magazines and newspapers.
   
Prosecutors charged Albert Chagnon last year with 23 counts of intentionally photographing a minor without consent. Chagnon was about to be released from prison when a guard discovered a notebook in his pants containing photographs of fully-clothed young girls cut out of magazines or newspapers.
   
Chagnon argued that the charges should be dismissed because he didn't take the photographs. The 4th District Court of Appeals agreed with him on Thursday, saying state law doesn't cover Chagnon's conduct.
   
A spokeswoman for the state Justice Department, which handled the appeal for the state, says the agency is reviewing the decision.

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