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Sturgeon Lake Man Sentenced To 30 Years, Aitkin Woman Sentenced To 19 Years For Producing Child Pornography

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

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Sturgeon Lake, Minnesota, man and an Aitkin, Minnesota, woman were sentenced in federal court today for producing and attempting to produce child pornography.

Matthew James Gunderson, 31, and Amanda May Walsh, 39, were sentenced by Judge Patrick J. Schiltz to 360 months and 228 months, respectively. The court also sentenced Gunderson and Walsh to 10 years each of supervised release following incarceration. They will be required to register as sex offenders upon their release from prison and will be subject to federal and state sex offender registration requirements, which may apply throughout their lives.

According to court documents, on January 22, 2019, and at other times, Walsh engaged in the sexual abuse of a minor for the purpose of producing videos and photographs of the abuse. On January 24 and January 26, 2019, and at other times, Gunderson engaged in the sexual abuse of minors for the purpose of producing videos and photographs of the abuse.

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 Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Manda M. Sertich.

Updated June 9, 2021

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