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A 27-year-old Rochester man has pleaded guilty to producing child pornography on Snapchat. 

From Nov. 8, 2020, through Jan. 8, 2021, Arkady Pavlovich Pichurin sexually exploited a minor who was between the ages of 9 and 10, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Pichurin contacted the minor using a variety of instant messaging and texting services, including Snapchat, and lied about his age and identity to sexually exploit the victim. 

He also admitted to using similar tactics to sexually exploit and produce pornographic images and videos of more than 20 minors, the release said. 

“This is a particularly egregious case involving an adult using popular social media apps to prey on and exploit dozens of children,” said Acting United States Attorney W. Anders Folk. “I commend the Olmsted County Attorney’s Office and the investigators with the Rochester Police Department and the FBI for aggressively pursuing this sexual predator and holding him accountable for the harm he caused. We continue to urge parents, teachers, caregivers, and young people alike to be vigilant in reporting these types of crimes to law enforcement.”

Pichurin is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 4, 2022. 

He is also charged with 60 child porn crimes in Olmsted County. A trial date for those cases has not yet been set, KIMT reports.

These cases stem from a tip the Rochester Police Department received last winter. The federal case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat child sexual exploitation. 

If you know of any child who may have been a victim of exploitation, please call the National Center for Missing or Exploited Children (NCMEC) at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or visit NCMEC’s website at www.missingkids.com.

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