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Willmar, Minn., man gets 30 years on charge for making child porn

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Willmar, Minn., man gets 30 years on charge for making child porn
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR -- Christopher Shawn Robison, 37, of Willmar, was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in St. Paul to 30 years in prison on one count of production of child pornography.

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According to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones, Robison took illicit photos of a child, a violation of federal law. He was indicted in December 2011 and pleaded guilty to the charge in May.

As part of his plea agreement, Robison admitted to taking several pornographic photographs of a 3-year-old girl and himself with his cell phone. The photos were discovered by authorities during the execution of a July 27 search warrant on a Willmar home.

In total, investigators found eight photos of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Robison also admitted to sexual conduct with the child on two prior occasions, in May and June of 2011. Thirty years in prison was the maximum sentence for the crime.

The case began in Kandiyohi County District Court in July 2011, the day after the search warrant was executed and Robison was arrested. Two local charges for pornography were dismissed after Robison was indicted on the federal charge in December. However, Robison still faces a first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge in the local case. A settlement conference is scheduled for Sept. 21.

According to the District Court complaint, the investigation by Willmar police began when a Crow Wing County sheriff's detective informed local officials on July 22 that the detective had posed as a 13-year-old girl on the Internet and had been solicited for sex by Robison.

The Crow Wing County detective and a Willmar detective obtained a search warrant for Robison's residence and seized a Motorola Android cell phone and laptop belonging to Robison. Eight photos on the cell showed the girl in sexually explicit poses. The photos had been taken on July 22. Robison was then arrested by local police.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was also involved in the investigation.

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Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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