A Willmar man is accused of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl and producing child pornography from the attack.
The man, Christopher Shawn Robison, 36, made his first court appearance July 29 in Kandiyohi County District Court for first-degree criminal sexual conduct, use of a minor in a sexual performance or pornographic work and possession of pornographic work, according to the West Central Tribune.
According to the criminal complaint, the man was attempting to engage in sexual activity with a 13-year-old during an investigation by Crow Wing County Detective D.J. Downie, who had been posing as a 13-year-old girl on the Internet. Downie reported to Kandiyohi authorities that Robison was attempting to engage in sexual activity with a 13-year-old girl on Craigslist.
Downie interviewed Robison, who admitted to soliciting what he thought was a 13-year-old child over the Internet. As a result of this work, a Kandiyohi detective and Downie were able to obtain a search warrant and using forensic software, they recovered deleted data on Robison’s Motorola Android cellphone.
On his phone were 22 deleted photographs that were recovered, taken between 9:48 a.m. and 11:44 a.m. on July 22. Of those, eight photographs showed the suspect sexually abusing the 3-year-old girl, as well as photographs of the toddler in sexually explicit poses.
Robison admitted to law enforcement that he took the photographs of him and the girl in his bedroom and said he had done similar acts twice before with the toddler. Robison admitted that he was using Craigslist to find underage girls.
Robison’s next court appearance is Aug. 8. The West Central Tribune reported July 30 that unconditional bail was set at $300,000 and conditional bail set at $150,000.
Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl said Friday that this began as an extensive investigation through the county’s investigative unit, in conjunction with International Crimes Against Children and the Willmar Police Department, starting on Craigslist that was being monitored by Crow Wing County law enforcement.
“We want to send a stern message to the people doing this type of thing,” said Dahl. “We are regularly and extensively monitoring these websites and it should be known that this type of activity will not be tolerated in Crow Wing County. The sad part about this type of criminal activity is that we’re seeing more and more of this going on in our area.”
JODIE TWEED may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-5858.