Blaine Man Indicted For Production And Possession Of Child Pornography
Acting United States Attorney Gregory G. Brooker today announced a federal indictment charging SCOTT FRANCIS FORTIER, 38, with production and possession of child pornography. FORTIER was indicted on April 12, 2017, and will make his initial appearance in United States District Court later this week.
According to the indictment and documents filed in court, FORTIER was associated for many years with Circle R Ranch (“the Camp”), a co-ed horseback riding camp located in Todd County, Minn. Through his involvement with the Camp, FORTIER met a 17-year-old minor (“Minor Victim #1). On September 9, 2016, FORTIER invited Minor Victim #1 and her 15-year-old friend (Minor Victim #2) to his house in Blaine, Minn., where he gave them both alcohol and induced the two minors to engage with him in sexually explicit conduct. FORTIER used his cell phone to produce multiple videos of Minor Victim #1 and Minor Victim #2 engaged in that activity. In addition, FORTIER also possessed on his computer videos of prepubescent minors engaging is sexually explicit conduct.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.
This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carol M. Kayser.
SCOTT FRANCIS FORTIER, 38
- Production of child pornography, 4 counts
- Possession of child pornography, 1 count
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United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600
The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.