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District of Minnesota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 20, 2018

Federal Jury Finds Ironton Man Guilty Of Distribution, Receipt And Possession Of Child Pornography

United States Attorney Gregory G. Brooker announced the conviction of ROGER ERIK SPLETTSTOESZER, 53, for distributing, receiving and possessing video and image files containing child pornography. SPLETTSTOESZER was charged in a six-count indictment on June 22, 2017, and, on April 19, 2018, was found guilty on all counts by a federal jury in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

As proven at trial, from at least April through September 2015, SPLETTSTOESZER, who owned and operated a computer repair business called Deepsystems in Aitkin, Minnesota, used the internet to search for, receive and distribute images and videos of child pornography. During that time period, undercover investigators with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (“BCA”) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), discovered multiple known child pornography files on the Ares peer-to-peer network. Investigators determined that the files were from a computer with an IP address assigned to Deepsystems. Based on the undercover downloads, investigators obtained and executed a search warrant on Deepsystems, seizing multiple computers. Following a forensic review of the computers, investigators found that the devices contained, in total, more than 35,000 photos and 400 videos of child pornography.  

As set forth at trial, SPLETTSTOESZER was previously investigated in 2011 in Crow Wing County for distributing child pornography via a peer-to-peer network and possessing thousands of child pornography files. Additionally, in 1999, SPLETTSTOESZER was charged in Crow Wing County with four counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree for sexually assaulting and raping two children.

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 Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Aitkin Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarah E. Hudleston and Miranda E. Dugi are prosecuting the case.

 

Defendant Information:

ROGER ERIK SPLETTSTOESZER, 53

Ironton, Minn.

Convicted:

  • Distribution of child pornography, 4 counts
  • Receipt of child pornography, 1 count
  • Possession of child pornography, 1 count

 

 

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Updated April 20, 2018