Blaine man indicted in federal court for child pornography

Staff Writer
I cover the cities of Andover, Blaine and Ramsey. I have worked at ABC Newspapers since August 2007.

A Blaine man who worked as a camp counselor accused of having sex with minors and video taping it was indicted in federal court April 12.

Scott Francis Fortier
Scott Francis Fortier

Scott Francis Fortier, 38, was charged with five counts of production of child pornography. He was already facing multiple felony charges in Anoka County District Court for possession of child pornography and criminal sexual conduct in the first and second degrees.

According to the federal indictment and documents filed in court, Fortier was associated for many years with the Circle R Ranch, a co-ed horseback riding camp located in Todd County. On Sept. 9, 2016, he invited two girls ages 17 and 15 to his Blaine home. He allegedly gave them alcohol and induced them to engage with him sexuallyt . He used his cell phone to produce multiple videos, according to the complaint.

Investigators also found videos on Fortier’s computer of prepubescent minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, according to the complaint.

Fortier was first charged by the Anoka County Attorney’s Office on Dec. 16, 2016, after police found more than 200 images and videos of child pornography on a CD in his Blaine home. The Todd County Sheriff’s Office was the first to start investigating Fortier and it informed the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 21, 2016. Authorities from Anoka and Todd counties executed a search warrant on Fortier’s home on Dec. 14, 2016.

He posted a non-cash bond on Dec. 19, 2016 to be released from jail but was arrested four days later after the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office spoke with the two girls he is accused of having sexual contact with, according to the complaint.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota said this case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carol Kayser.

Fortier is in custody at the Anoka County Jail.

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