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Cloquet man charged with recording sex assault of child

A Cloquet man faces six felony charges for allegedly recording his sexual assault of an 8-year-old girl. Kenneth Anthony Belcourt, 38, was arrested Aug. 24 and later charged with two felony counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two coun...

A Cloquet man faces six felony charges for allegedly recording his sexual assault of an 8-year-old girl.

Kenneth Anthony Belcourt, 38, was arrested Aug. 24 and later charged with two felony counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of use of a minor in a sexual performance and two counts of possession of pictorial representations of minors. The offenses have maximum sentences ranging from five to 30 years each and fines ranging from $5,000 to $40,000.

According to the criminal complaint, a woman who lives in the same household as Belcourt contacted a Carlton County Human Services worker to report that she had found some "disturbing" images on the card of her digital camera. The human services worker then contacted Cloquet police.

The woman said the photos depict a man she believed to be Belcourt, her ex-boyfriend, engaged in a sexual encounter with a girl in a setting she recognized as Belcourt's residence.

Police searched Belcourt's residence on Sixth Street in Cloquet and seized items including a laptop computer, various computer file storage devices and a desktop computer.

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Belcourt was at home at the time of the search, and after being read his rights, he agreed to speak with detectives and admitted to having the child perform oral sex on him on one occasion, police said. At that point, Belcourt requested to speak with an attorney and the questioning ceased.

Belcourt is being held in the Carlton County Jail with bail set at $150,000. He was expected to make his first appearance in 6th District Court at 9 a.m. today.

Cloquet Police Detective Derek Randall said though Belcourt does have a criminal history that includes domestic assault, he was not aware of any past criminal sexual conduct charges on Belcourt's record.

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