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UPDATE: County had started child porn case against former St. Paul Park man

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UPDATE: County had started child porn case against former St. Paul Park man
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Federal prosecutors allege that a former St. Paul Park man produced pornographic videos of girls at his former home.

Jose A. Soto, of Texas, has been indicted on 17 counts of production of child pornography. Soto, 40, is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's office in Minneapolis, but St. Paul Park police officers helped other law enforcement agencies to bring a case against Soto. The indictment, issued Jan. 12, came as Soto is serving 10 years in prison in a separate child pornography case.

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The federal indictment provides few details behind the allegations involving the four female victims, but Washington County court records show that prosecutors had prepared a criminal complaint against Soto in 2009 alleging that he engaged in sex acts with two girls known to him and recorded acts on video. The girls were 8 and 10 at the start of the three-year period of the alleged incidents, according to the county complaint. A warrant was issued in that case, but Soto was serving prison time in Texas on the unrelated case.

In the St. Paul Park case, 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.

Pornographic videotapes allegedly were made at his St. Paul Park home on 17 occasions between March 2004 and February 2007. He moved to San Antonio a couple of months later, according to court records.

Authorities said Soto is pictured in the videos.

San Antonio authorities alerted St. Paul Park police to alleged pornographic videotapes found in Soto's possession that were believed to have been produced at his St. Paul Park home over that three-year period ending in 2007.

It was "one of the worst I've ever seen," St. Paul Park police Chief Mike Monahan said of Soto's alleged crime.

If convicted in the new federal case, Soto faces up to 50 years in prison on each of the 17 charges.

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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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