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Las Vegas Strip illusionist investigated for child pornography

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The marquee of the Tropicana hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip is seen in this undated photo. (FOX5) The marquee of the Tropicana hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip is seen in this undated photo. (FOX5)
Illusionist Jan Rouven, shown performing in his headlining show inside the Tropicana hotel-casino. (Source: YouTube) Illusionist Jan Rouven, shown performing in his headlining show inside the Tropicana hotel-casino. (Source: YouTube)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

The Tropicana Las Vegas on Wednesday evening reported it has canceled magic show The New ILLUSIONS and severed ties with illusionist Jan Rouven following his arrest on what the property deemed “serious charges.”

Tropicana Las Vegas General Manager Philippe Khouri issued the following statement:

“We are deeply disturbed by the very serious charges that have been filed against Mr. Rouven, who has been serving as an outside contractor to Tropicana Las Vegas. Following the news of his arrest we took immediate steps to sever ties to him and his production company.”

The Tropicana said any customer holding tickets for Rouven’s show will be refunded and that all future shows have been canceled.

According to Rouven’s website, The New ILLUSIONS was performed each evening at 6 p.m. at Tropicana except Tuesdays.

According to a criminal complaint obtained by FOX5 on Thursday, the FBI's Violent Crimes Against Children Squad began investigating Rouven, whose real name is Jan Rouven Fuechtener, in August 2015. The FBI, working undercover, was accepted into the network of someone using the username "Lars45" with a publicly available peer-to-peer file sharing program. 

It was determined Lars45 was in possession of files indicative of child pornography, and the user's IP address was traced to a home on Donald Nelson Avenue in Las Vegas. The FBI identified three videos in Rouven's possession, all of which depict adults engaging in sexual acts with children, one of whom appears to be only 3 or 4 years old. 

In January 2016, law enforcement served a search warrant at Rouven's home, seizing a computer and a hard drive, among other items. 

The complaint states Rouven, during an interview, stated he had seen child pornography before but that he had no need for it. A forensic examination of the evidence yielded 3,235 videos and 105 images depicting child pornography. 

However, in spite of the mounting evidence, Rouven's attorney denies the allegations.

"There were two specific items in which the material was found on," said Jess Marchese, Rouven's defense lawyer. "One was a hard drive that was actually outside the residence on the ground. My client knows nothing about it and his fingerprints will not be on it." 

Marchese also said that Rouven is very social and has people at the house constantly. He said the laptop authorities found in the pool house belonged to someone else.

"During the time frame in question, in August, there were several individuals that were coming and going, sometimes residing in the residence overnight, so it is our position that Rouven did not make contact with this child pornography," Marchese said.

On Jan. 31, an agent interviewed Rouven's husband, identified as Frank Dietmar Alfter. Alfter stated that he did not download child pornography but was upset because Rouven was "on the internet looking at porn all of the time, 24/7." 

Rouven is now facing charges of receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography. 

Marchese also told FOX5 that Rouven "feels horrible" about the misunderstanding. 

According to Marchese, since Tropicana severed ties with Rouven, more than 20 employees have been let go.

"From merchandise salesmen to dancers, on Monday they had a job, and now they're on unemployment."

Stay with FOX5 and FOX5Vegas.com for updates.

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