Teen faces felony porn chargesA Red Wing teen faces multiple felony charges for allegedly downloading pornographic images of children.
By: Mike Longaecker The Republican Eagle, Worthington Daily Globe
A Red Wing teen faces multiple felony charges for allegedly downloading pornographic images of children.
Zachary Taylor Jensen, 17, makes his first appearance today in Goodhue County juvenile court on 10 counts of possessing pictorial representations of minors.
Names of felony suspects who are at least 16 years old are public.
According to a juvenile petition filed Nov. 13, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's Internet Crimes Against Children Unit notified Red Wing police in March that a local computer connection had allegedly posted child pornography on the Internet.
A representative for online photo exchange site Photobucket.com forwarded a "cybertip" to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, who contacted the Minnesota BCA. Photobucket.com pulled the account for someone registered as "MoPers" after legal staff there deemed the content to be child porn.
Red Wing investigators traced that Internet connection to Jensen's residence. The teen allegedly admitted posting the video to Photobucket.com using a home computer. When asked why he did it, Jensen said, "I don't know. It was stupid," the juvenile petition states.
Police seized the computer and found dozens of images of child porn. About 50 of the images turned up in a national database of files indicating they displayed a real child connected with a child pornography prosecution.
According to Assistant Goodhue County Attorney Erin Kuester, one image displayed "a very young female child, perhaps a toddler," engaged in a sex act. Another image involved a child who Kuester said also appeared younger than 5 years old.
Investigators said they extracted from Jensen's computer several search terms commonly used to download child porn from a file-sharing program.
Jensen allegedly admitted to searching for and possessing the images. He denied creating or distributing any of the images and videos found during the investigation.
Erin Kuester said she is not seeking to have Jensen charged as an adult. Penalties in juvenile cases range anywhere from attending treatment to serving jail time.