Man pleads guilty to possessing child porn

A Rochester man has pleaded guilty to four counts of felony possession of child pornography, charges that came after a nearly year-long investigation by the Minneapolis Police Department.

Anthony Nathaniel Vandenhemel, 30, entered an Alford plea of guilty last week in Olmsted County District Court, where he’d been charged in June with five counts of possession of pornographic work and one count of disseminating pornographic work, all felonies.

Sentencing has been set for March 5. With an Alford plea, the defendant maintains his innocence but acknowledges that the evidence would be sufficient to convict him.

The charges come from an investigation that began in July 2013. Between then and April 20, 2014, a Minneapolis police officer was able to download thousands of images of naked girls from a computer address assigned to a homeowner in Rochester.

A search warrant was executed at the home; Vandenhemel had lived there for five years. A computer identified as Vandenhemel’s revealed several hundred images of girls under the age of 16, the complaint says, and located under the user “Tony” on the computer’s hard drive.

After the search, a detective went to Vandenhemel’s workplace. There, he allegedly admitted that he’d downloaded the child pornography, and said he’d only downloaded about 200 images. When told that almost 800 images had already been seen, Vandenhemel didn’t disagree, the report says.

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