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Faribault man charged with solicitation of a minor and child porn

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Rice County authorities accuse a Faribault, Minnesota man of having an unlawful online relationship with a 12-year-old girl from Colorado. The 20-year-old Minnesota man is also accused of child pornography and solicitation of a minor charges after what authorities say was a two-state, six-week investigation.

Authorities say that the 12-year-old reported to police in Colorado that she had been having sexually explicit online chats for a period of roughly nine months. The Faribault man reportedly had been living at his mother's home for about two months. Faribault Police raided that home Friday and seized a variety of electronics, including a cellphone, removable computer storage devices and computer equipment.

Rice County officials claim that law enforcement found images of children under 10 depicted in images and videos that police believe involve the children engaged in some form of sexual conduct. Police further claim that the man admitted that he is aware that the images were on flash drives and other media and admitted to having a nude picture of the Colorado girl.

The 20-year-old is accused of felony criminal offenses, including solicitation of a child to engage in sexual conduct and possession of child pornography. He was arraigned Monday where unconditional bail was set at $20,000. The accused may be released on $10,000 bail on condition that he has no contact with the Colorado girl, or any other minor. He is scheduled to appear in Rice County District Court on the charges again January 28.

Many investigations into computer-based allegations can cross state lines. This blog has reported several stories where a sex crime investigation opened in a different state, leading to an arrest in Minnesota.

The legal issues that can arise in any criminal case can be complex. It is important for a person who is suspected of an offense to consider speaking with legal counsel, even before any potential charges are filed, and before speaking with law enforcement. A person suspected of a crime has the right to have counsel present when speaking with authorities.

Source: Faribault Daily News via southernminn.comm, "Update: Faribault man faces child porn possession, solicitation charges," Rebecca Rodenborg, Jan. 15, 2013

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