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District of Minnesota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Registered Sex Offender Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charges On The Morning Of Trial

Acting U.S. Attorney Gregory G. Brooker today announced the guilty plea of DONALD THOMAS PERRIN, 57, a registered sex offender, to child pornography charges. PERRIN, who was charged in a criminal complaint on November 9, 2016, pleaded guilty yesterday morning before Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright, moments before his jury trial was set to begin in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minn.

 

“This defendant, a registered sex offender who repeatedly exploited minors, has admitted his guilt and will now face the consequences of his egregious crimes,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Kate Buzicky. “I am grateful for the dedication and hard work put forth by the FBI and the Carver County Sheriff’s Office throughout the investigation process and in preparation for trial.”

 

According to his guilty plea and documents filed in court, in the summer of 2014, PERRIN, a registered sex offender, began engaging in sexually explicit online chats with a fifteen-year-old minor. In the fall of 2014, PERRIN was arrested and jailed at Carver County Jail following a violation of his sex offender registration requirement. After he was released from Carver County Jail, PERRIN continued his online communications with the minor and made screen captures of their video chat sessions depicting sexually explicit activity. On February 12, 2016, PERRIN was again arrested and jailed as a result of his non-compliance with his sex offender registration requirements. Following his arrest, law enforcement executed search warrants at PERRIN’S home and recovered several digital devices containing thousands of child pornography files. PERRIN was scheduled to begin trial on October 10, before U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright in St. Paul, Minn.

 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative, launched in May 2006, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.  In addition, if you know of any child who may have been a victim of exploitation, please contact the National Center for Missing or Exploited Children (NCMEC) at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or visit NCMEC’s web site at www.missingkids.com.

 

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI and the Carver County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Assistant United States Attorneys Katherine T. Buzicky and Angela Munoz-Kaphing are prosecuting this case.

 

 

Defendant Information:

 

DONALD THOMAS PERRIN, 57

Sherburne County Jail

 

Convicted:

  • Production of child pornography, 1 count
  • Commission of a felony while being required to register as a sex offender, 1 count

 

 

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Updated October 11, 2017