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Rosemount man charged for possessing child pornography

A 40-year-old Rosemount man faces felony charges of possession child pornography three years after police found sexually explicit photos and videos featuring underage children on his computer.

Officers from the Minnesota Internet Crimes Against Children unit located the files on the computer of Eric Eugene Hugelen on Feb. 4, 2011. Two days later, an ICAC agent downloaded four files from Hugelen’s computer — two videos and two still images — that featured children who in some cases appeared to be as young as 9 or 10.

According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney’s office, police searched Hugelen’s Foliage Ave. home on April 27, 2011. Police seized several computers, hard drives and other electronic items as well as two CDs found under Hugelen’s bed.

According to the complaint, Hugelen admitted to police that he would use the search term “teen porn” to look for things online.

In March of 2013, police received a report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that identified two of the girls found in images at Hugelen’s home as child victims.

If convicted on a felony charge of possessing child pornography Hugelen could face up to five years in jail and up to $5,000 in fines.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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