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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Minnesota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Apple Valley Sex Offender Sentenced To 28 Years In Prison For Producing Child Pornography

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald announced the sentencing of JOSEPH THOR PERKINS, 36, to 28 years in prison for sexually exploiting multiple minor victims. PERKINS, who pleaded guilty on January 16, 2018, to one count of production of child pornography, was sentenced on July 23, 2018, before Judge Joan N. Ericksen in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, since 2013, PERKINS has had contact with four minor victims. He contacted the minors using online messaging applications and enticed them to send him images of themselves engaged in sexually explicit conduct. After receiving the sexually explicit images, PERKINS encouraged the minors to meet him in person to engage in sexual acts and so PERKINS could take sexually explicit photographs of the minors. On multiple occasions between 2013 and 2016, PERKINS met the minor victims separately at various locations, including PERKINS’ residence. PERKINS engaged in sexual acts with the minors and photographed the minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, in 2015, PERKINS was charged in Dakota County with possession of child pornography and was charged in Scott County with engaging in sexual acts with a fifth minor victim. Additionally, in 2016, PERKINS solicited a sixth individual online. He believed this sixth individual to be a 14-year-old girl and arranged for “her” to meet him in person, engage in sexually explicit conduct, and for PERKINS to take photographs of the encounter. After arranging the meeting with the purported minor, who was in reality an undercover law enforcement officer, PERKINS was arrested and charged in Washington County with online solicitation.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Washington County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant United States Attorney Karen B. Schommer prosecuted the case.

 

Defendant Information:                                                                                                                     

JOSEPH THOR PERKINS, 36

Apple Valley, Minn.

Convicted:

  • Production of child pornography, 1 count

Sentenced:

  • 336 months in prison
  • Lifetime of supervised release

 

 

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Updated July 24, 2018