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Minnesota Woman Convicted For Providing Porn To Washburn Man

A Minnesota woman who was promised $100,000 from a North Dakota man in exchange for producing and providing child pornography has been convicted in federal court. A jury found 35-year-old Roxanne Merrell, of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, guilty on two counts of production of child pornography.

03/13/2015

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Minnesota Priest Who Molested Boys Removed From Priesthood

Pope Francis has removed from the priesthood a former St. Paul priest who pleaded guilty in Minnesota to molesting two boys. Archbishop John Nienstedt of the St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese announced the Vatican’s action against Curtis Wehmeyer on Wednesday.

03/11/2015

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Police: Wayzata Teacher, Coach Arrested For Child Porn Dies

A 52-year-old man arrested for possession and distribution of child pornography died late last month, according to police. The Plymouth Police Department said the man, identified as Jeffrey Todd Miller, was a teacher and coach in the Wayzata School District.

02/17/2015

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Police: 6 Arrested On Child Pornography Charges In Rochester

Six Rochester men were arrested on child pornography charges Thursday night after a 10-month investigation by the city of Rochester, according to Rochester police. Police said the men were involved in possessing and distributing thousands of pornographic photographs and videos.

02/06/2015

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Duluth Firefighter Charged With Sexually Assaulting Infant

A 32-year-old Duluth firefighter is facing four criminal charges after police say they found child pornography on his electronic devices. Caleb Stuart Lofald of Hermantown is charged with felony second-degree criminal sexual conduct, felony possession of pictorial representation of minors, felony interference with privacy against a minor under 18 and misdemeanor interference with privacy.

01/16/2015

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Red Lake Man, 53, Found Guilty Of Distributing Child Pornography

A Red Lake man has been found guilty of distributing and possessing thousands of images and videos containing child pornography, the United States Attorney’s Office announced.

01/13/2015

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Minnesota St, Colorado St-Pueblo To Meet For Title

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Todd Hoffner had to watch from afar as Minnesota State had the best season in school history, a remarkable run by his players under a different coach to the national […]

12/19/2014

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Minnesota Prosecutors Want Public Files Sealed

Minnesota prosecutors are trying to block public access to court documents detailing the case of two Nebraska hockey players accused of making a sex tape with a minor. Assistant Clay County Attorney Pam Harris has filed a motion accusing the defense of attempting to bypass a gag order and make files accessible to the public.

12/05/2014

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Coach Who Photoshopped Girl Into Child Porn Sentenced To Probation

A 41-year-old Brooklyn Park volleyball coach will serve five years of probation for photoshopping a family friend’s face onto a child pornography image, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

12/03/2014

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ND Fugitive Facing Child Porn Charges Arrested

A federal fugitive who was indicted in 2009 in North Dakota on child pornography charges has been arrested. Officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement say 51-year-old Adney Allen has made his first court appearance following his arrest on the Red Lake Indian Reservation near Redby, Minnesota. Federal authorities are partially crediting the arrest to a smartphone app they created.

12/02/2014

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Trucker Arrested In Minn. Accused Of Keeping More Sex Slaves

A Utah truck driver accused of keeping two women as sex slaves in his semitrailer as he traveled the country had four more victims, federal prosecutors said in court documents.

11/13/2014

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Cottage Grove Woman Indicted On Child Pornography Charges

Nude photos of a sleeping child led to a federal indictment for a Cottage Grove, Minnesota, woman. Roxanne Merrell, 35, has been charged with two counts of production of child pornography. She was offered $100,000 to take photos of a minor “below the waste” and nude, according to the indictment.

11/13/2014

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Man Accused Of Videotaping Boy In Locker Room May Not Face Jail Time

A Coon Rapids man caught secretly taping a boy changing in an Andover YMCA locker room will be sentenced on Monday.

11/08/2014

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St. Paul Man Sentenced To 30 Years For Production Of Child Pornography

A St. Paul, Minn. man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for producing child pornography, according to the United States Attorney’s Office. Douglas Luke Robinette, 27, was sentenced for 360 months in federal prison on July 28, after he pleaded guilty to one count of Production of Child Pornography in November 2013.

08/07/2014

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Charges: 2 Hockey Players Used Minor In Sex Video

Two members of the USHL’s Lincoln Stars are accused of using a 15-year-old girl to make a sex video in a Minnesota motel room. Thomas Carey and Brandon Smith, both 19, were each charged Tuesday in Clay County with using a minor in a sexual performance, possession of child pornography and distributing pornography, all felonies.

06/24/2014

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Charges: Coach Photoshopped Student Into Child Porn

A Brooklyn Park volleyball coach faces felony charges for allegedly having child porn on his computer and photoshopping images of a student he knew onto pornographic pictures.

06/19/2014

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Third Civil Suit Filed Against Shattuck-St. Mary’s

A third civil suit was filed Tuesday in a Rice County Court against Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minn., alleging that administrators knew a teacher had engaged in sexually-inappropriate behavior with male students. The student who filed the suit claims his was abused during the 2000-2001 school year by Lynn Seibel, according to the law firm of Jeff Anderson and Associates. Seibel was both a drama teacher and was a “dorm parent,” who lived with some of the students.

05/13/2014

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Man Pleads Guilty To Filming Boys Changing At Local YMCAs

A Coon Rapids, Minn. man pleaded guilty this week to stalking a minor with sexual or aggressive intent after he allegedly filmed boys changing clothes at the Andover YMCA, according to the Anoka County Attorney’s office. Robert Dennis Minor, 54, was also charged in March 2013 with four counts of possession of pornographic work involving minors and two counts of use of minors in a sexual performance.

05/07/2014

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White Earth Man, 37, Accused Of Producing Child Pornography

A 37-year-old White Earth man has been indicted and is accused of producing, receiving and possessing child pornography. On Tuesday in federal court, Corey Victor Bevins was charged with three counts of production of child pornography, five counts of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

04/29/2014

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Trucker Arrested In Minn. Accused Of Keeping Sex Slaves

Federal charges have been filed against a Utah trucker accused of keeping sex slaves in his semitrailer for months at a time. Authorities have accused 54-year-old Timothy Jay Vafeades of kidnapping a 19-year-old female relative in May, taking her across the country and sexually abusing her hundreds of times. Vafeades was arrested Nov. 26 in Clay County, Minn., by an officer who realized the teenager had a restraining order against Vafeades.

03/12/2014

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Prosecutor Won’t Charge Priest With Child Porn

A prosecutor has declined to charge a priest accused of possessing potential child pornography. Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said Wednesday that investigators found no evidence of a crime when they examined computer files that once belonged to the Rev. John Shelley.

01/29/2014

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Big Lake Man Pleads Guilty In Child Porn Case

A 44-year-old Big Lake man accused of possessing large amounts of child pornography pleaded guilty in Sherburne County Court on Friday to felony charges. According to court documents, Peter Michael Guevara pleaded guilty to possessing pornographic work involving minors that was on devices in his home.

01/14/2014

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Chicago Man Gets MN’s Longest Sex Trafficking Sentence

A Chicago man was sentenced Friday to more than 26 years in prison for the sex trafficking of a teenage girl – which may be the longest sentence ever given in Minnesota for such a crime. According to the Ramsey County Attorney’s office, Arteco Marvell Rhodes, 38, was found guilty on Nov. 1 on one count of engaging in sex trafficking in the first degree and possession of child pornography. Rhodes met the defendant, a 15-year-old girl, in Chicago in March, and asked her if she “wanted to make money and be part of the family.” Within weeks, Rhodes drove the teen and a 19-year-old woman from Chicago to the Twin Cities in a conversion van.

12/13/2013

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Jury Finds Man Guilty Of Sex Trafficking Teen Girl In St. Paul

A Ramsey County jury found a Chicago man guilty in the sex trafficking of a 15-year-old girl in St. Paul in April 2013. Arteco Marvell Rhodes, 38, was found guilty of possession of child pornography and he will be sentenced at 9 a.m. on Dec. 13.

11/02/2013

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Elk River Man Sentenced For Sexually Assaulting Pre-Teenage Girl

A 30-year-old Elk River man will spend 30 years in prison after it was discovered that he engaged in a sexual act with a 7-year-old victim.

10/30/2013

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