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District of Minnesota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 19, 2018

La Crescent Man Sentenced To 75 Months In Prison For Receipt Of Child Pornography

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of BRYAN SCOTT ERICKSON, 40, to 75 months in prison and 10 years of supervised release for receiving child pornography. ERICKSON, who pleaded guilty on March 19, 2018, was sentenced earlier today before U.S. District Judge Patrick J. Schiltz in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“This case is the product of outstanding investigative work by dedicated law enforcement professionals,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Katharine Buzicky. “I am proud to work alongside individuals who are committed to tackling some of the most difficult cases in pursuit of justice for vulnerable, young victims of exploitation.”

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, ERICKSON used an online application called Kik to trade child pornography in groups dedicated to sharing images of child sexual abuse. In 2016, Homeland Security agents conducted an undercover investigation of child pornography trading on Kik and identified ERICKSON as a Kik user that was sharing child pornography. Homeland Security agents executed a search warrant at ERICKSON’S home and seized numerous computers and electronic devices. The forensic investigation revealed that ERICKSON had approximately 600 online chats with a man who claimed to have sex with his own children. ERICKSON asked the man for “advice” about when to start molesting children, and what sexual acts to engage in with children of various ages.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by Homeland Security Investigations, with support from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Assistant United States Attorney Katharine T. Buzicky prosecuted this case.

 

Defendant Information:

BRYAN SCOTT ERICKSON, 40

La Crescent, Minn.

Convicted:

  • Receipt of child pornography, 1 count

Sentenced:

  • 75 months in prison
  • 10 years of supervised release

 

 

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Updated July 19, 2018