Springfield man, 40, was planning wedding with 15-year-old girl, police say

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A Springfield man has been charged with three felonies after police say he was involved in a relationship with a 15-year-old girl that included wedding plans for 2022.

Nicholas Erickson, 40, was charged Tuesday with possession of child pornography after authorities say they found inappropriate photos of the girl on Erickson’s phone.

According to a probable cause statement, the investigation started in April when authorities identified Erickson as the person who was likely downloading child porn from a file-sharing network.

Last week, the statement says, authorities served a search warrant at Erickson’s home on South Newton Avenue. They allegedly found 68 photos and 34 videos of child porn on Erickson’s devices.

While they were investigating Erickson’s phone, the statement says authorities discovered chat and text messages Erickson exchanged with a 15-year-old girl in another state…

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