CR man gets probation on child porn conviction

A Coon Rapids man, accused in Anoka County District Court of downloading child pornography on his home computer, has been placed on probation for three years after pleading guilty to two of five felony charges.

Odediah John Wilson, 47, entered guilty pleas to the first two counts of possession of pornographic work involving minors.

At sentencing April 29, the court jailed Wilson for 30 days with credit for one day served and fined him $50 plus $85 in fees.

Probation conditions include completing sex offender treatment and aftercare, registering as a predatory offender, supplying a DNA sample, no use of mood-altering chemicals without a prescription, no alcohol use, no use or possession of any pornographic and sexually explicit materials, forfeiting all weapons within 48 hours, submitting to polygraph examinations as directed, no access or use of the Internet without approval and submitting to random searches of all computers.

The Anoka County Attorney’s Offices filed the five charges against Wilson Feb. 20, 2013, after Coon Rapids Police Dec. 13, 2012, executed a search warrant at his residence following information that a person living at that address had been downloading child pornography.

According to the complaint, officers met with Wilson, seized a laptop computer and conducted a forensic examination, which revealed that 261 suspected child pornography videos were stored on the computer.

The video files were sent to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which determined that 79 of the videos were of children that the center had identified, confirmed were minors and contained images showing minors in sexual acts.

In an interview with police, Wilson admitted the computer was his and that he had downloaded and viewed and videos, knowing they contained child pornography and that it was illegal to do so.

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