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Cloquet man with child porn on iPod pleads guilty

A Cloquet man accused of possessing child pornography after his lost iPod containing videos of young girls portrayed in sexually suggestive acts was found on the street pleaded guilty to a felony Friday in St. Louis County District Court.

James Robert Matteson
Matteson, 45, pleaded guilty to possessing pornographic work involving minors, or appearing to involve minors, knowing or with reason to know its content and character.

A Cloquet man accused of possessing child pornography after his lost iPod containing videos of young girls portrayed in sexually suggestive acts was found on the street pleaded guilty to a felony Friday in St. Louis County District Court.

James Robert Matteson, 45, pleaded guilty to possessing pornographic work involving minors, or appearing to involve minors, knowing or with reason to know its content and character. Under Minnesota law, it's a felony for a person to possess pornography involving minors.

Judge Heather Sweetland ordered that an Arrowhead Regional Corrections probation officer conduct an investigation of Matteson's background before sentencing on April 27.

According to the criminal complaint, Matteson's iPod was found in the vicinity of Viper Street in Duluth on Sept. 10. The person who found it turned it on to identify its owner. Videos of girls in sexually suggestive poses were found. Some of the girls were as young as 6, investigators estimated.

Police said that Matteson admitted downloading the images from the Internet. He also admitted to taking photographs of the clothed backsides of young girls appearing to be walking in the vicinity of Canal Park, the complaint alleges.

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A search warrant was executed at the defendant's rural residence. Two laptop computers were seized, which contained hundreds of images of young girls in sexually suggestive poses, many totally nude, and constituting child pornography, the complaint alleges.

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