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Sandstone Man Charged With Child Porn

Monday, August 30th, 2010 at 8:54 am

Ricky Gerald Jason, 26, of Sandstone has been charged with 16 counts of possession of pornographic images of minors.

The Pine City Pioneer cites the criminal complaint filed in Pine County Court in the matter, saying that on Aug. 3 the Pine County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by an agent of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

The agent disclosed that an undercover operation had taken place, and law enforcement had identified computers which were used to access child pornography through the internet. The agent said that the investigation indicated that a computer located at a Sandstone address had been used to access child pornography.

A search warrant was executed at Jason’s residence in Sandstone, and officers seized what the paper calls  “numerous computer and electronic devices such as cell phones, chargers, lap top computers, hard drives, CDs, DVDs, thumb drives and computers.”

Jason was allegedly found to be in possession of 16 such images and thus the 16 felony charges he faces are one per image. Apparently each felony charge of possession of pornographic work involving minors carries with it a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

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