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Aurora man pleads guilty to photographing underage girl

VIRGINIA, Minn. -- An Aurora man pleaded guilty today in State District Court in Virginia to photographing a girl under the age of 18 in various stages of undress.

Michael Gene Jewell, 34, entered a plea of guilty to possessing pictorial representation of minors and interference with the privacy of a minor under 18. A third count, dissemination of pornographic work involving minors, was dismissed.

Sentencing was set for Nov. 18, but Judge Gary J. Pagliaccetti ordered Jewell to first undergo a psychosexual evaluation, as well as a standard presentencing investigation.

According to the criminal complaint, A St. Louis County Sheriff’s investigator received information from a Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy about a computer containing child pornography, leading to the execution of a search warrant at Jewell’s residence July 10.

Investigators found numerous photos of the girl, which appeared to have been taken by a motion-activated camera.

Jewell told investigators he was very ashamed of what he had done, the complaint stated.

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