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Minnesota man gets 25 years for producing child porn in Hibbing

ST. PAUL -- A Big Lake, Minn., man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for producing child pornography in a Hibbing hotel room. In a news release, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Joel Grogan Zigler, 48, admitted that in October 2010...

ST. PAUL -- A Big Lake, Minn., man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for producing child pornography in a Hibbing hotel room.

In a news release, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Joel Grogan Zigler, 48, admitted that in October 2010 he lured the juveniles into a hotel room and induced them to engage in sexually explicit behavior. He recorded the behavior using a digital camcorder. The camcorder, videos and other media were seized during a search of the home of Zigler's parents, where Zigler was staying.

All of the children involved were from Hibbing, a BCA spokesman said.

The investigation was conducted by the BCA's Internet Crimes Against Children task force, with assistance by Hibbing police and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota. Zigler was sentenced this week.

"We're working all across Minnesota to track down criminals who create and distribute child pornography," task force Commander Donny Cheung said. "Those who commit these crimes need to know they will be held accountable."

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The task force works with criminal justice agencies throughout Minnesota to investigate and prosecute those who exploit children on the Internet, the news release said. The task force also works to educate parents and children about potential online risks.

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