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Alexandria man sentenced for child porn charges

Alexandria man Joshua James Stone was sentenced for felony possession of pornographic work involving minors and felony electronic solicitation of a child on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

An Alexandria man was sentenced in two sex-related charges on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

Joshua James Stone was sentenced for felony possession of pornographic work involving minors and felony electronic solicitation of a child.

Stone was sentenced to 45 days in jail, which will be served via house arrest with electronic monitoring, to begin Jan. 3. 2022. He also received fines totaling $275 and $285, respectively, according to the disposition bulletin from the Douglas County Seventh Judicial District.

The charges for which Stone was convicted stemmed from incidents that took place in 2017 and 2018.

Between Dec. 8, 2017 and Dec. 14, 2017, Stone allegedly contacted undercover police officers posing as minor juveniles on the social media site Grindr and sent them explicit messages and pictures.

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After receiving further tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding the possession of images of child pornography, agents executed a search warrant at Stone's address on Jan. 22, 2018.

During the search, agents seized flash drives, a laptop, a portable hard drive, notebooks, CDs and a smartphone. During a digital media examination, authorities bookmarked 322 images of suspected child pornography.

That same day, Stone admitted that he had downloaded and possessed child pornography. He initially said he deleted everything, but later admitted he had not deleted everything.

Stone also admitted to sending an explicit picture to someone he thought was a 15-year-old girl, but who was in fact an undercover police officer.

Travis Gulbrandson covers several beats, including Osakis School Board and Osakis City Council, along with the Brandon-Evansville School Board. His focus will also be on crime and court news.
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