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Willmar. Minn., man indicted on federal child porn charge

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WILLMAR -- Christopher Shawn Robison, 36, of Willmar, was indicted this morning in federal court on one count of production of child pornography.

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According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's office, the maximum penalty for the charge is 30 years in prison, with a mandatory minimum of 15 years.

Robison is also charged in Kandiyohi County District Court with three felonies for criminal sexual conduct, using a minor in a sexual performance or pornographic work and for possessing pornography. He has a pre-trial hearing in that case Friday before Judge Michael J. Thompson. A jury trial is scheduled for Jan. 4.

The federal allegations include that Robison coerced a young girl to engage in sexually explicit conduct so he could make pornographic pictures, which were found on his cell phone.

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 detective and a Willmar detective obtained a search warrant for Robison's residence and seized a Motorola Android cell phone computer and laptop belonging to Robison.

Eight photos on the cell showed the girl in sexually explicit poses with an adult body part. The photos had been taken on July 22.

Robison was arrested and interviewed by police. He allegedly admitted to taking the photos of him and the girl in his bedroom and said he had done similar acts twice before with the girl. One of the occasions, in May or June, was photographed and the other was not photographed. He also allegedly said he'd been looking for young girls on Craig's List and that he had solicited the 13-year-old girl over the Internet.

Robison remains in the Kandiyohi County Jail in $300,000 unconditional bail.

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