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St. Louis County employee faces child porn charges | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota

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A man was arrested at work Monday and is being held in the St. Louis County Jail, accused of knowingly possessing child pornography at work and home.

By: Mark Stodghill, Duluth News Tribune

A St. Louis County Public Works employee was arrested at work Monday and is being held in the St. Louis County Jail, accused of knowingly possessing child pornography at work and home.

The suspect was taken into custody at 7:20 a.m. Monday at the Richard H. Hansen Public Works Building, 4787 Midway Road. He was arrested on probable cause for five felony counts of possession of pornographic works involving minors.

St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litman and St. Louis County prosecutor Kristen Swanson said the suspect is expected to be arraigned today in State District Court in Duluth.

St. Louis County sheriff’s deputies and the Lake Superior Forensic Technology and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force took part in the arrest.

A search warrant was executed at the suspect’s home, where additional evidence was located, and the investigation is ongoing, the Sheriff’s Office said. The incident report said the suspect had been viewing child pornography on his work computer, which was forensically examined.

According to the incident report, the suspect was advised of his Miranda rights, waived those rights, and confessed to knowingly possessing child pornography at work and home.

“There is a process we must follow in a situation like this, which includes an internal investigation,” said Dana Kazel, St. Louis County communications manager. “Right now, there is a criminal investigation going on, and that has to take priority. We don’t want to do anything that could interfere with the criminal proceedings, and so, at this point in time, this individual is still employed with the county.”

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