Duluth Firefighter Allegedly Used Station Computer to Distribute Child Porn

an. 17–A Duluth firefighter who faces sexual misconduct and child pornography charges allegedly used a computer at a Duluth fire station to distribute pornographic images of a 4-month-old child, according to court documents.

Caleb Stuart Lofald, 32, of Hermantown already is charged with sexually assaulting the infant girl and surreptitiously recording a 6-year-old boy and an adult woman in various stages of undress in a guest room at his home.

But court documents and statements from authorities Friday suggested that he remains under investigation for possible additional charges related to the production, possession and distribution of child pornography.

“These are very serious allegations,” prosecutor Gary Bjorklund said. “The defendant is well aware that these charges are part of a much larger investigation that could be headed toward significant federal charges.”

Judge David Johnson set Lofald’s bail at $250,000 without conditions or $100,000 with conditions at an initial appearance Friday morning in State District Court in Duluth. Conditions of the lower bail would include a screening for intensive supervised release and no unsupervised contact with minors.

Lofald, lodged at the St. Louis County Jail since Tuesday, appeared in court wearing an orange jumpsuit. A half-dozen supporters, including his wife and father, sat in the courtroom.

Bjorklund, head of the criminal division of the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office, asked for significant bail, citing the serious nature of the alleged crimes and the possibility of additional state or federal charges.

“The state is concerned about the defendant being a flight risk and the well-being of the public,” Bjorklund told the judge.

Superior attorney Stephen Zuber represented Lofald at the hearing.

Zuber described Lofald as a lifelong resident of the Duluth and Hermantown area and said he has strong ties to the community. He said Lofald has been supported by family and has had numerous supervised visits with his own 3 1/2 -year-old son since the investigation was launched nearly two months ago.

“The search warrant in this case was executed on Nov. 20,” Zuber said. “The defendant has been free since that time with no issues.”

Court documents allege that investigators found numerous photographs and recordings on electronic devices seized from both Lofald’s Hermantown home and the Duluth Fire Department’s Fire Station 7, 1419 Maple Grove Road.

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