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Child Porn Trial for Former Vegas Strip Illusionist Begins

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A defense attorney for a jailed Las Vegas Strip illusionist complained that a prosecutor’s opening statement at a child pornography trial misstated the facts of the federal case.

However, lawyers for defendant Jan Rouven Fuechtener postponed presenting an outline of his defense until the government delivered its case.

Fuechtener’s trial began Monday before Chief U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro in Las Vegas.

He has pleaded not guilty to collecting thousands of videos and images on computers at his home, including some depicting sex acts with kindergarten-age children.

He has chosen to have the case heard by the judge, not a jury.

Defense attorney Jess Marchese (mar-KAY’-see) said outside court it’s likely that Fuechtener will testify in his defense, maybe Wednesday.

Fuechtener is a German citizen who performed on the Las Vegas Strip as Jan Rouven until his arrest last March.

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