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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Brooklyn Park volleyball coach faces felony charges for allegedly having child porn on his computer and photoshopping images of a student he knew onto pornographic pictures.

James Edward Ferdig, 41, is charged with two counts of possessing child porn, court documents filed earlier this month show.

A criminal complaint states that officials began investigating Ferdig last year. In August, officers executed a search warrant and seized a computer and other items belonging to Ferdig.

When police spoke with him, he admitted to having child porn on his computer.

A forensic examination on his devices found various images of child porn, many of them portraying known victims, the complaint said.

Officials also found images of a girl who was a family friend of Ferdig’s. The victim had been photoshopped in images so it appears she was engaging in sex acts.

If convicted of both charges, Ferdig could face a penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.