Andover man sentenced for possessing child pornography

A 22-year-old Andover man was sentenced Feb. 6 in Anoka County District Court after pleading guilty to two felony counts of possessing pornography involving minors.

Aaron Anthony Regnier was placed on two years probation. A one-year jail term was stayed as long as he does not violate the terms of his probation, which includes registering his name and address in the predatory offender database, supplying a DNA sample, not possessing pornographic material in any form, undergoing a mental health assessment, complete Anoka County’s sexual health curriculum program at his own expense, allow corrections to ensure he is not looking at pornography on his computer, and he cannot have unsupervised contact with minors.

A $3,000 court fine was stayed, but Regnier must complete 100 hours of community service.

According to the criminal complaint, authorities discovered a child pornography file sharing program was discovered in Europe. The investigation and tracing of IP addresses led police to Regnier’s Andover home.

During a Sept. 29, 2009 federal search warrant, police located multiple computers in the lower level of the home and multiple DVDs under Regnier’s bed.

Authorities found 95 images of what appeared to be child pornography and four videos of child pornography on the computers, according to the complaint.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children confirmed these were children in the sexually explicit images and videos.

Regnier was arraigned May 30, 2012 in Anoka County District Court on five felony charges of possessing pornographic work that contained minors. He pleaded guilty to two counts Dec. 17, 2012 and the other three charges were dismissed at sentencing.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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