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March 18, 2018

3/1/2018 4:35:00 PM
Kasson teen charged with possessing child pornography

By Tara Lindquist

A Kasson teenager has been charged with ten counts of possessing pornographic work-computer disk/electronic/magnetic optical image with porn.

According to the criminal complaint on February 26, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and the Kasson Police Department investigated the possession of child pornography by Curtis Evan Joyal, 18.

The BCA received a tip from Google indicating they believed that a user had uploaded images deemed to be child pornography. The BCA then issued subpoenas and tracked the user who uploaded the images to an IP address registered in Kasson. A searched warrant was prepared and executed on the residence on February 26.

Contact was made to a person living at the home who stated Joyal lived there but was not present at the time. Investigator Jesse Reding located the electronic devices and had them analyzed on site by BCA Agent M. Peterson. Peterson indicated that one of the devices taken from Joyal's room contained child pornography.

The complaint states Joyal was contacted and agreed to speak to Investigator Reding. Joyal allegedly admitted to looking at pornography but initially denied viewing child pornography. Joyal stated he has ZTE Blademax to delete the browsing history from his phone and denied being sexually attracted to minors.

When asked if there was any child pornography stored on his electronic devices, Joyal stated "yes." He said there were pictures and videos on his old phone and stated he has around 3,000 photos and 100 videos of child pornography. He said he got the images through e-mail, websites and an app. Joyal stated that images and videos would contain all ages and agreed that they would be from toddler to 17-years-old. Joyal was arrested and transported to Steele County Jail.

Joyal appeared in court on February 27 for a bail hearing and was released on his recognizance. A rule 8 hearing has been set for March 14 at 9 a.m.

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