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A 19-year-old-man possibly facing charges of child molestation, possession of child pornography and sexual exploitation of minors made a preliminary appearance Wednesday in Yakima County Superior Court.

The man is accused of possessing images and videos of boys between the ages of 5 and 10 engaging in sex, according to a probable cause affidavit by Yakima police. The man also is accused of engaging in sexual acts with a 5-year-old family member and recording the incidents, the affidavit said.

Police began investigating the man in April, after getting a tip from the Internet Crime Against Children task force.

Police were able to trace images of young boys engaging in sexual acts to the man’s Internet account. A search of the man’s home uncovered several more depictions, including several videos.

Police arrested the man Tuesday.

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