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Cloquet man sentenced in pornography case

A Cloquet man who pleaded guilty in December to felony pornography charges was sentenced Monday to serve six months in the Northeast Regional Correction Center and participate in a sex offender treatment program.

A Cloquet man who pleaded guilty in December to felony pornography charges was sentenced Monday to serve six months in the Northeast Regional Correction Center and participate in a sex offender treatment program.

Additionally, Cody Allen Goranson, 22, must not possess a computer or access the Internet while on probation for the next five years, according to the sentence handed down by Carlton County District Judge Dale Wolf. Goranson admitted in court that he still has access to the Web on his cell phone, so the judge said he would have to cancel the service and provide proof to the court. Also as part of his sentence, Goranson can't have unsupervised contact with minors. He was fined $500, plus court fees.

As part of a plea agreement, Goranson pleaded guilty to one count of felony dissemination of pornography and one count of felony possession of pornographic pictoral representations of minors and two counts of felony pornography possession were dismissed.

The 22-year-old was charged last February with the crimes after an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force in Minneapolis revealed pornographic videos and images were being offered through files on his computer. In December, Goranson admitted that in August 2007 while living in Scanlon, he used the Internet file-sharing program LimeWire to make available photos of children engaged in sexual acts. He agreed he possessed approximately 30 such photos and that it was clear those images had children in them.

After Cloquet Police searched Goranson's home in 2007, they seized his computer and sent it to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in St. Paul. An additional 15 images of a similar nature were subsequently found to have been downloaded on the computer but later deleted, according to court records. Three video files of children engaged in sexual activities were also reportedly found.

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Agents also discovered a file containing images downloaded onto Goranson's computer from a camera. Those photos showed Goranson in sexually explicit acts with a female under age 18. In an interview with the girl, she allegedly told Cloquet Police that she had consented to having her photo taken.

Goranson declined to speak at the sentencing. His only public comment came on Sunday, when Goranson made an entry on his Internet Facebook page saying, "Good bye all."

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