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CANTON -- A local man is facing federal charges connected to child pornography allegations.

Investigators say 50-year-old Richard Elbert is accused of "knowingly receiving and distributing child pornography that had been shipped or transported in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce by any means, including by computer."

That federal charge came after authorities say they found files indicative of child pornography being housed in a publicly available peer-to-peer file share program.

After a member of the FBI's Child Exploitative Task Force initiated communication with the site's subscriber, a federal search warrant was obtained.

Elbert had immediately been taken into custody.

He had an initial appearance in federal court Friday where he waived his right to a preliminary/detention hearing.

This is an ongoing investigation and authorities are asking anybody with additional information to call the FBI at 216-522-1400.

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