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Former St. Paul Park man charged in child porn case

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A man who used to live in St. Paul Park is accused by prosecutors of producing pornographic videos of girls at his former residence.

Jose A. Soto, of Texas, was indicted Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis on 17 counts of production of child pornography.

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Soto allegedly coerced four girls into "engaging in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of such conduct," according to the U.S. attorney's office in Minneapolis. Pornographic videotapes allegedly were made at his St. Paul Park home on 17 occasions between March 2004 and February 2007.

The girls, all from St. Paul Park, ranged in age from 5 to 13 during the alleged incidents, said St. Paul Park police Chief Mike Monahan, whose department was involved with the investigation.

If convicted, Soto faces up to 50 years in prison on each of the 17 charges. Soto already is serving a 10-year prison sentence in Texas for possession of child pornography.

The Minnesota case was the result of an investigation by the Minnesota Cyber Crimes Task Force, the attorney's office said.

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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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