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Charges of child pornography possession filed

Nicholas Warren Bradley book-in photo. Courtesy Goodhue County Sheriff's Office

A former Red Wing resident has been booked on 32 charges of possessing pornographic imagery of minors.

Nicholas Warren Bradley, 38, was flagged by Microsoft Corp. on March 26, 2015, for downloading "three images of suspected child pornography to a Microsoft SkyDrive account," according to the statement of probable cause issued in Minnesota's First Judicial District Court.

At that time, Bradley resided in Red Wing at 147 Oakmont Lane. He currently resides in Hutchinson, Minn., at 287 N. High Drive.

Microsoft Corp. made the initial tip to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the BCA worked with Red Wing police investigators to obtain a warrant and search Bradley's home and home computer, of which there was one: a Dell Inspiron 660s.

After arriving home to discover that his computer had been seized, Bradley went to the Red Wing Police Department on June 30, 2015, to inquire after his property and the reason for the search.

While at the police station, he consented to an interview with investigator Tom Rikli. During their conversation, Bradley allegedly admitted to a "porn addiction" compounded with alcohol abuse issues. He claimed not to be aroused by the photos, but "stated that he had viewed it because of a 'morbid curiosity,'" according to the criminal complaint.

Officers also requested a search warrant for Bradley's Microsoft OneDrive account, which contained 113 "current" images and 128 "preserved" images, several of which were determined to be child pornography.

Images obtained from Bradley's cloud-based account and desktop computer were submitted to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for identification, and their findings were received by Rikli on Sept. 18, 2015. According to the report, 218 of the images submitted were identified as known child pornography from 83 child pornography series.

On May 8, 2018, Judge Lawrence Clark signed a finding of probable cause summoning Bradley to court in Goodhue County on May 30, 2018. However, after failing to appear, Warren was arrested on a bench warrant for all 32 counts against him on July 12.

When asked why there was such a delay between when the offense happened in 2015 and when he was booked in 2018, Rikli said he couldn't answer the question in a brief phone interview with the Republican Eagle. The Republican Eagle contacted the Goodhue County Attorney Office which declined to comment on the case.

These charges carry a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment and a $5,000 fine.