This is some bizzare news. The first time I met Rory Koch was in 2007 when he was the chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota's 4th Congressional District. Between Minnesota Senate Republican Communications Director Michael Brodkorb having an affair with Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and Rory Koch having child pornography, it seems like all of the most senior GOPers are on their way due to sexual problems. Click here or scroll down to read the story.
A man who was until Wednesday a top staffer on a Minnesota House of Representatives committee turned himself in at the Ramsey County jail Wednesday night on 12 counts of possession of child pornography.
A warrant was issued for Rory Allen Koch's arrest when the charges were filed Monday. Koch, who ran for Ramsey County commissioner in 2010, went to the jail at 6:52 p.m. Wednesday and was arrested, according to a sheriff's office booking report.
The jail started the release process at 11:37 p.m. Wednesday and Koch, 39, was released on $10,000 bond. Koch of St. Paul has not returned calls seeking comment.
Koch was the administrator of the House Government Operations and Elections Committee before he was placed on leave Wednesday, said Jodi Boyne, director of public affairs for the House Republican caucus, who said she could not otherwise comment.
He has worked for the House since 1999. In 2010, Koch ran against Ramsey County District 4 Commissioner Toni Carter and took 25 percent of the vote. Koch was previously chairman of the 4th Congressional District Republicans.
The criminal complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court gives this account:
The Minnesota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received cyber tips from AOL in June 2009, reporting someone using the screen name Chadwhite73 might be disseminating child pornography using an AOL email account. With an administrative subpoena, police learned the account holder for the user name
and email account was Koch.
After obtaining a warrant, police searched a Grand Avenue apartment where Koch lived in September 2010 and seized two computer towers. Koch was home, and the task force's commander at the time "conducted a noncustodial interview," the complaint said.
"During that interview, the defendant acknowledged that he has received child pornography over the Internet," the complaint said. "He claimed that he has not intentionally distributed it. He stated that he attempted to delete it as soon as he received it."
Reviewing Koch's computer in his presence, police found a photo of a 15- or 16-year-old boy in a sexual pose.
"When this was shown to the defendant he acknowledged that he would likely have child pornography on his computer," the complaint said. "He also acknowledged that some of those images would be prepubescent children."
Police conducted a forensic examination of Koch's computers and extracted pornographic images of children. The images were sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's Child Victim Identification Program for identification of known child pornography victims.
In October, an investigator received a CD with all the information from the forensic exams of the computers. Several child-porn images were found as attachments to emails stored on the computer and several images were found on the computers' hard drives.
The Child Victim Identification Program listed 12 images that "have been identified in previous law enforcement investigations as depicting known child victims of child pornography," the complaint said.
When Koch filed to run for county commissioner, he listed the same Grand Avenue apartment as the one in the complaint. His phone number in the filing also was the same as the AOL account holder, a search warrant affidavit showed.