More charges filed against Coon Rapids man in child pornography case

A Coon Rapids man faces two more felony charges in Anoka County District Court in addition to the 11 felony child pornography counts with which he was originally charged.

In an amended complaint filed with the court July 17 against Daniel Lawrence Kennedy, 26, 710 115th Ave. NW, prosecutor Brenda Sund, assistant Anoka County Attorney, added one count of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree and another count of disseminating pornographic work to the five charges of using minors in sexual performance and pornographic work, one count of dissemination of pornographic work and five charges of pornographic work involving minors on which Kennedy was arraigned in June.

Kennedy has posted $25,000 bail – the bail was $250,000 without conditions – with the conditions that he have no contact with the victim, no unsupervised contact with minors, no use of cameras and recording devices and no use of computers or other means of accessing the Internet.

A motion by Sund to increase bail in light of the two additional charges was denied by the court July 26. Kennedy has his next court hearing scheduled for Aug. 29.

The investigation by the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division began in late May when a report was received that Kennedy had taken nude photographs of a 12-year-old girl and paid her to do so, according to the complaint.

In an interview with investigators June 4, the girl alleged she posed for nude photos taken in November 2012 while Kennedy was caring for her at her home and he paid her $100 in $5 bills a week later.

She also alleged that in early to mid-May this year, she had gone with Kennedy to the Coon Rapids Goodwill store where he asked her if she wanted to earn more money for photographs.

When she agreed, he gave her his camera and she went a changing room and allegedly took partially nude photos of herself.

She then returned the camera to Kennedy, but alleged she did not get paid for those photos.

According to the girl’s statement, Kennedy always had the same camera with him and transferred the pictures to his computer or a thumb drive.

The girl’s mother allegedly verified Kennedy frequently had his camera with him, that he had numerous unsupervised contacts with the girl in the fall of 2012 and that they had gone to Goodwill together in May.

Investigators executed a search warrant at Kennedy’s home and seized the camera, several thumb drives and a computer.

One of the thumb drive files allegedly contained several nude photographs and videos of the girl.

In a post-Miranda statement, Kennedy allegedly admitted paying the girl $100 to take photos of her nude in November 2012 and he had also made video recordings of her as well as taking pictures in states of undress when she did not know he was doing so.

He also allegedly admitted sharing the photos of the girl with other people over email.

Kennedy alleged that he was in possession of over 3,000 images of child pornography and 250 child pornography videos.

He alleged that he is most sexually attracted to children in the 10-13 age range.

According to the complaint, while conducting an analysis of Kennedy’s computer, investigators found several digital color videos several minutes in length of child pornography involving prepubescent girls and, in one of the five images outlined in the complaint, a toddler.

The additional charges came following an alleged admission made by Kennedy in his post-Miranda statement that he had sexually touched the 12-year-old girl he had photographed while placing a $20 bill as payment in her bra.

In addition, detectives in further analysis of Kennedy’s thumb drives allegedly found that he used his Yahoo account to send photos of a full view of the girl’s cleavage, including the photo of the $20 bill in her bra, to another user April 23 and two video files of the girl two days later to the same user.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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