Minnesota Guardsman charged with child pornography

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A Minnesota National Guard member faces a federal child pornography charge for allegedly luring a teenage girl to send him sexually explicit photos of herself while he was stationed in Afghanistan.

First Lt. Andrew Lee Schiller, 28, of Lakeville, faces one count of producing child pornography, the U.S. Attorney's office announced Wednesday. He was ordered to remain in custody pending trial.

Prosecutors say while Schiller was deployed in Afghanistan with his unit, he communicated with the Minnesota girl via Skype frequently between September 2013 and January 2014, and asked her to send him sexually explicit photos. She sent him several images, including at least one where she was nude.

Prosecutors also allege that Schiller communicated with "dozens" of other girls between the ages of 13 and 17 through various social media services, and tried to persuade them to send him sexually explicit photos or videos of themselves.

According to court documents, “Schiller targeted, in particular, minor females who lived on or near military bases,” the Star Tribune reports.

Schiller allegedly shared sexually explicit images of himself to encourage the girls to send images to him, sometimes promising money or alcohol in exchange, according to prosecutors.

The Associated Press quotes a Minnesota National Guard spokesman as saying that Schiller enlisted in the Guard in February 2007, and was deployed with the Litchfield-based 849th Mobility Augmentation Company to Afghanistan in August 2013.

Schiller is still a member of the Guard but "is pending separation from the military," according to the AP.

Schiller's defense attorney declined to comment on the case until he had more time to review it, according to the Associated Press.

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