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Charges: Jordan man possessed and sent child porn images

He is charged with 14 felonies related to child pornography.

A 22-year-old Jordan man is accused of possessing and sharing child pornography. 

Juan Luis Rosales is charged in Scott County District Court with 14 felony counts, including possessing and disseminating child pornography involving children under the age of 13. 

According to the criminal complaint filed last week, on Jan. 11, law enforcement got a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that Kik, a chatting app, provided information about numerous uploads of apparent child porn in chat and group share messages. 

A special agent with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) confirmed the nine files Kik provided depicted children under age 13, charges say. The files were uploaded by the same IP address in Jordan and made available to others in December 2020. 

On Feb. 10, BCA investigators executed a search warrant at Rosales' home, charges says. During the search, BCA agents found 18 videos of children on Rosales' devices, including four files that were identified as having known child victims by NCMEC, while the others involved victims who haven't been located and are unknown. 

Rosales initially denied viewing child porn and using Kik, but after investigators said they found child porn on his computer, he claimed someone from Mexico who came to stay with him in January sent it to him and told him to download Kik, the complaint states. 

Rosales later admitted to using Kik, but only for adult images, saying some people sent him child porn unsolicited and he sent images to people but by mistake, charges say. He said his Kik account had been deactivated for violating terms of use after his friend from Mexico sent him more child porn. 

His story was inconsistent, telling investigators he'd been saving and deleting images "for years" and then said he only did it for eight months, the complaint says.

Rosales is in custody. 

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