Court documents say a Lawrence man told police that child pornography found on his electric devices was a “form of art.”

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that 46-year-old Charles Tingler is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on two counts of sexual exploitation of a child.

The recently released affidavit says a woman called police in 2016 to report finding child porn on Tingler’s devices.  Tingler told police that the images on the devices belonged to the previous owners, although they had been downloaded recently.

Tingler later told police that he “equated the access of the imagery to an appreciation for the imagery as a form of art or curiosity.”  The affidavit says he denied accessing the images for sexual arousal.

It is not clear why Tingler wasn’t charged until September.

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