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Minneapolis Man Sentenced to More Than 20 Years in Prison for Using Social Media to Produce Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS – A Minneapolis man was sentenced to 255 months in prison, 20 years of supervised release, and $36,000 in restitution for using social media to produce and attempt to produce sexually explicit images and videos of children, announced United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger. 

According to court documents, between August 2018 and March 2021, Nathan Miller Dobbelmann, 40, used social media apps to contact and solicit sexually explicit images and videos from children. Dobbelmann also sent minors sexually explicit videos of himself as well as sexually graphic text messages. Dobbelmann also joined online chat rooms and platforms to discuss and trade child pornography files with others.

On March 3, 2022, Dobbelmann pleaded guilty to one count of production and attempted production of child pornography. Dobbelmann was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court before Senior Judge Donovan W. Frank.

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. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, 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

This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI with assistance from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah E. Hudleston prosecuted the case.

Updated August 4, 2022

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