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The Fourth Amendment does not bar a more exhaustive search of a child pornography suspect’s computer after he has already pleaded guilty to one crime and demanded the return of his property, nor does it require a new search warrant, a state appeals panel in Rochester has held.

In a case of apparent first impression, the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, unanimously agreed that police were not only entitled to re-examine Stephen DeProspero’s computer before returning it, but were obligated to do so.

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