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Sauk Centre Man Pleads Guilty to Producing Child Pornography

MINNEAPOLIS – A Sauk Centre man has pleaded guilty to coercing minors to produce sexually explicit images, announced United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger.

According to court documents, Shawn Norbert Kulzer, 32, began chatting with a minor victim on Snapchat on or about January 2, 2023. During the course of their conversation, Kulzer learned that the minor victim was under the age of 18, yet still pressured them to send nude photographs. In his plea agreement, Kulzer also admitted that he used and enticed a second minor victim to produce and send sexually explicit images over Snapchat.

Kulzer pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court before Judge Nancy E. Brasel.

This case is the result of an investigation led by the FBI, the Stearns County Sheriff's Office, and the Sauk Centre Police Department. Based on the evidence obtained in this investigation, authorities believe there may be additional victims of the alleged conduct. Anyone with information about this matter is encouraged to call the FBI Minneapolis Division at (218) 722-3341.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children in crimes involving child pornography, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily Polachek is prosecuting the case.


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