Duluth firefighter charged with child pornography, sex assault

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A firefighter in Duluth has been charged with several sex crimes involving an infant, and the continuing investigation could lead to more serious charges in federal court.

Caleb Lofald, 32, of Hermantown was in court Friday facing felony charges of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and possession of child pornography, the Northland News Center reports.

Lofald is accused of sexually assaulting a 4-month girl at his home and having photos of the assault on his work computer at the fire station where he worked, according to court documents.

Lofald is also charged with two counts of invasion of privacy, accused of secretly recording a 6-year-old boy and an adult woman changing clothes and showering in a guest room at Lofald's home, said the Duluth News Tribune.

Investigators say they found 11 photos of the infant girl as well as video of the boy and woman on Lofald's work computer and at his home.

Authorities suggested during Lofald's court hearing Friday that he is still under investigation for possible additional charges, according to the News Tribune.

“These are very serious allegations,” prosecutor Gary Bjorklund said. “The defendant is well aware that these charges are part of a much larger investigation that could be headed toward significant federal charges.”

Bjorklund added more state charges could be filed as the investigation continues, according to the Northland News Center.

Lofald's bail was set at $250,000 without conditions, or $100,000 with conditions, which would include intensive supervised release and no unsupervised contact with minors.

Lofald has been with the Duluth fire department for seven years, according to the News Tribune, which adds that Duluth Mayor Don Ness says the city is in the process of firing Lofald from his position.

His next court appearance is Feb. 4.

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