WILLMAR — A 23-year-old Raymond man faces 12 felony charges for allegedly possessing and disseminating child pornography.
Riley Benjamin Tuve has been charged with five felony counts of disseminating child pornography and seven charges for possession of child pornography on electronic devices. An original criminal complaint included five felonies for disseminating child pornography, and an amended complaint adding seven possession felonies was filed in Kandiyohi County District Court early this month.
Tuve has been released on his personal recognizance and forbidden to use a computer, the internet or a cell phone with internet capability. He is banned from social media and is not allowed to possess pornography in any form.
His next court hearing is set for Dec. 15.
According to court records, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office that several apparent child pornography images had been uploaded on a messaging app in late 2019.
The uploads were linked to an internet provider, email addresses and an IP address that were connected to Tuve, according to the complaint.
The images appeared to be of children between the ages of 7 and 14, according to the criminal complaint. In one, a girl is performing a sex act, and in another image, an apparent sex act had just occurred with a young girl, according to the complaint.
When a search warrant was served, Tuve denied any knowledge of the images, according to court records.
He agreed to speak with investigators and confirmed that the email addresses linked to the images were his.
He told investigators no one else should have been using those accounts at that address.
One of the email addresses was associated with an iPod that had broken months earlier and was no longer used.
After Tuve was arrested and searched, deputies found the iPod in Tuve’s possession. According to the complaint, it appeared to be working and receiving messages on a different app.
Other electronic devices were also seized.
A Willmar Police Department computer forensic examiner analyzed the devices and found six images of suspected child pornography which appeared to have been produced with the Snapchat app on the iPod and eight images on a cell phone, which also appeared to have been created with Snapchat.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children confirmed two of the images as known child pornography images.
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