Sioux Falls Man Arrested On Child Porn Charges Following Search Of Computer

Authorities Allegedly Find Videos Of Children 1-2-Years-Old And Younger

A Sioux Falls man is facing child pornography charges after authorities say they found 400 files on his computer. The 44-year-old was arrested following a search of his home last Thursday.

The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office says it was a ‘cyber tip’ that led them to Eric Van Emmerik. According to court documents, a deputy was using software that searches IP addresses linked to child pornography. A video came up for the IP address assigned to Van Emmerick’s home just north of Sioux Falls.

“It seems to be becoming more common,” said Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Gearman. “like we have a narcotics division, now we have an Internet Crimes Against Children Division.”

Authorities served a search warrant at Van Emmerick’s home. No one was there at the time, but Van Emmerik agreed to meet them, where he was also interviewed.

Gearman said, “We have talked with him. You know, it’s obviously upsetting for him and you know his family and everyone around him.”

Court documents say when authorities asked Van Emmerik how long he had been looking at child pornography, he answered ‘years, I mean years. I’ve never bought, sold or made any, I’ve never touched a child.’ He later said, ‘…honestly, I’ve been waiting to get caught’.

German said, “It’s disturbing and it’s out there and we try to do our best to get these people taken care of.”

During the search warrant, authorities took a computer. Court papers say they uncovered a folder with 400 files of child pornography. Five included videos of children 1 to 2-years-old and younger.

“The family in this case knew nothing about what was going on so it can be a sensitive issue,” Gearman said.

According to court documents, Van Emmerik told authorities that ‘there’s a little bit of everything on there, I’m pretty sure I’m going to prison’.

Van Emmerik is charged with five counts of child pornography. There could be more after the Minnehaha County State’s Attorney reviews the evidence. He is being held in jail on a $50,000 bond.