MONTEVIDEO — A Montevideo man is back in prison after being charged with having contact with a minor and possessing child pornography while on probation.
Cody Wyatt Ziesmer, 27, made his first court appearance Wednesday in Chippewa County District Court on two felony charges regarding pornographic works involving minors. One charge is for possession of child pornography and the other for disseminating it.
Ziesmer was granted a public defender and will have his next court hearing Oct. 3. He is currently a prisoner at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Lino Lakes.
Ziesmer is a registered predatory offender in Minnesota and is required to register for life.
He was on supervised release on a 2014 child pornography conviction when Region 6W Corrections probation agents and a Montevideo police officer made a home visit.
The visit was prompted by a report that Ziesmer had had contact with a 12-year-old girl, according to court records.
As a condition of his release, Ziesmer was not to have any devices capable of connecting to the internet. However, agents found a cell phone in his home.
According to court records, Ziesmer was questioned about the phone and allegedly said there would be “probably 200 pictures” of child pornography and chats with minors on his phone.
Ziesmer was arrested on a warrant from the Department of Corrections and returned to prison. He allegedly told authorities that he viewed pornography two to three times a day and had visited with a 12-year-old girl at least 20 times.
Using a search warrant, authorities downloaded the contents of the phone.
According to the criminal complaint, the phone contained more than 1,300 images and about 260 videos of child pornography. The images were of male and female children from infancy to 15 years old. Numerous images were of adults engaging in sexual acts with infants younger than 1 year. In other photos, adults were committing similar sex acts with toddlers and older children.
The phone’s contents reportedly also included exchanges of texts and child pornography images with a person in Jackson, Mississippi.