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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A Greensboro man who investigators think may freelance as a magician is suspected of being involved with child pornography, police officials said Friday.

Detectives searched a residence in the 1000 block of Hill Street after receiving a credible anonymous tip that Randolph Milton Williams, 64, was allegedly downloading pornographic images of children from the internet, according to a news release.

Det. Jeff Flinchum says they followed an IP address that traced back to Williams’ home. Investigators say he lives there by himself.

A search of Williams’ residence resulted in detectives seizing his computer and a collection of videos and disks suspected to contain explicit sexual images of underage children. Flinchum says they took more than 4,000 disks (DVDS and CDS), 800 VHS tapes and between 10-15 hard-drives that they will search through to see if there’s any evidence of Williams possessing child pornography.

Investigators say they’ve been investigating Williams since September 2015 after receiving that anonymous tip.

Greensboro police are warning the public to be careful and want to make the community is aware of the ongoing case against Williams. Although police have not brought charges against Williams for child pornography, Flinchum is confident that it’s only a matter of time and has a team looking through the evidence they collected from the home.

Detectives are in the early stages of examining the material to determine the extent of Williams’ involvement in the pornography and they cannot yet determine whether or not he was manufacturing pornography or viewing existing images.

While searching the home, detectives also found items indicating that Williams may freelance as a children’s’ entertainer by performing magic tricks and telling jokes. He may use the name of “Mr. Funny.”

Some illegal narcotics, which Flinchum identified as cocaine, were also located in the home and Williams was charged with maintaining a dwelling for unlawfully keeping or selling a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. He was released from the Guilford County Jail with a promise to appear in court.

Anyone with information about Williams or his conduct around children is asked to call Det. Flinchum at (336) 574-4006.

Williams declined to make a comment to FOX8.