Forest Lake man faces 10 felonies for manufacturing porn

Forest Lake man faces 10 felonies for manufacturing porn

Allegedly took nude photos of preteen to sell – to “have a good Christmas”

Drug possession and an allegation of taking nude photos of a 12-year-old have been filed against a Forest Lake, Minn., man, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, in conjunction with the Osceola Police Department. Police were called Tuesday, Dec. 19, to a report of a domestic disturbance, allegedly involving a woman finding sexual photos of a preteen girl on the cell phone of Jesse R. Campbell, 33, Forest Lake.

Campbell also reportedly was in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The charges began from a report by the child’s mother, who said she had thoughtCampbell was having an affair, and she checked the call log of his cell phone, which is when she found what she thought were sexually explicit images of her preteen child. She also found drug evidence and called the police.

When confronted, Campbell admitted to police that the drugs and the cell phone were his and after he voluntarily submitted the phone and a past phone to police, he said that he was on a chat room service, where another user had said that he would pay $1,000 each for photos of nude minors.

Campbell reportedly admitted to taking a photo of a child without her knowledge, after taking a shower. Police accounts of the evidence confirmed Campbell having seven photos of a sexual nature of the victim, in various states of undress.

When confronted, Campbell said he knew it was wrong and broke down, stating that he thought he had deleted the photos.

Campbell was charged on Dec. 19 with 10 felony counts, including seven counts of soliciting an intimate image of a minor, one possession of child pornography, one count of sexual exploitation. The seven counts were apparently one for each image found of the victim. He was also charged with a felony marijuana possession charge, on top of a misdemeanor paraphernalia possession.

He appeared before a judge on Dec. 19, where they set a $25,000 cash bond and no contact orders for the victim and mother. His preliminary hearing is slated for Thursday, Dec. 28, where the judge will decide if there is enough evidence to move the case ahead to trial.

When asked why he took the photos, Campbell said that he decided not to share them with the website, but that they were having financial issues and he initially wanted to use any money gained from the photos so that the family “could have a nice Christmas.”

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