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Cloquet man charged in child pornography investigation

A Cloquet man faces four child pornography charges after an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children task force revealed pornographic videos and images were allegedly offered through files on his computer.

A Cloquet man faces four child pornography charges after an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children task force revealed pornographic videos and images were allegedly offered through files on his computer.

Cody Allen Goranson, 21, is accused of one count of dissemination of pornography and three counts of possession of pictorial representations of minors. All charges are felonies.

The investigation goes back to last August, when a Minneapolis police officer on the ICAC task force identified a computer belonging to Goranson was offering to share five identified child pornography images or videos through a peer-to-peer shared file folder on the Internet, according to court records.

The officer downloaded the files made available through Goranson's computer and viewed one of the videos, which allegedly showed a naked girl under age 18 engaged in sexual activity with an adult while another adult watched.

In October, Cloquet police detectives became involved and obtained a warrant to search Goranson's home. They found his computer hooked up to a peer-to-peer file sharing program and that some of the files being shared at the time had pornographic titles, records said.

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Detectives seized the computer and sent it to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in St. Paul for analysis. Investigators allegedly identified more than 30 images on Goranson's computer that contained images of children engaged in sexual conduct. Court documents also showed that Goranson had an additional 15 images of a similar nature that had been downloaded on the computer but had since been deleted. Three video files of children engaged in sexual activities were also allegedly found.

In addition, agents discovered a file containing images downloaded onto Goranson's computer from a camera. The images showed Goranson in sexually explicit acts with a female under age 18, records said. Cloquet Detective Derek Randall later interviewed the girl, who allegedly said she consented to having her photo taken in this manner.

Goranson made his first appearance in Carlton County District Court on the charges on Wednesday. If convicted of all charges, he could face up to 20 years in prison and $20,000 in fines.

Pine Journal Editor Lisa Baumann can be contacted at: lbaumann@pinejournal.com .

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