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Cannon Falls man sentenced in child porn charges

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A Cannon Falls man who pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography received a stayed 25-month prison sentence in Goodhue County District Court Friday.

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Joshua Daniel Anderson, 25, will not actually serve that time if he successfully completes the conditions of his five-year probation. Those include: serving 90 days in jail, register as a predatory offender, not use the internet and not possess pornographic work, among other stipulations.

He must also attend sex offender treatment, something sentencing Judge Thomas Bibus said was a "paramount" part of his probation.

Anderson had pleaded guilty to the charge in June. He also pleaded guilty to one count of fifth-degree drug possession. As a result, five other drug- and pornography-related charges were dismissed.

According to a court complaint filed in Goodhue County March 14, 2013, Cannon Falls Police Department executed a search and arrest warrant for Anderson that had been issued out Missouri. The warrant was related to sexual misconduct or attempt involving a child under 15.

When officers responded to Anderson's Cannon Falls residence Feb. 1, 2012, they found drug paraphernalia items, 3.5 grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms, 1.5 grams of marijuana and 45 images — one printed image and 44 digital images — of suspected child pornography.

Five of the images were confirmed to be child pornography, the complaint states.

In court Friday, Assistant Goodhue County Attorney Erin Kuester asked that Anderson receive jail time.

"This individual has a well-established history of looking at ... sex acts with juveniles online," she said.

She went on, adding that in order for Anderson to be successfully rehabilitated, he must be required to finish his high school education or get a GED, receive treatment and get punishment. Serving jail time would be punishment, she said.

Public defender Catherine Turner argued that Anderson has already been sentenced for the charges in Missouri and that he should not serve additional time in Minnesota for the same charge.

According to Missouri Court records, Anderson received a four-year suspended prison sentence and five years of probation.

"There doesn't need to be a consequence of jail time," she said, adding that making Anderson serve additional time would be "adding salt to the wound."

However, Bibus handed down the 90-day jail sentence as a condition of probation. Anderson was taken into custody directly after sentencing. He will receive credit for 11 days already served.

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Sarah Gorvin
Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a  journalism degree.
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