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Duluth Man Charged with Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth man has been charged with possession of child pornography which included obscene visual representations of child sexual abuse, announced United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger.

According to court documents, John David Degelau, 27, knowingly possessed child pornography images and videos on an external hard drive. The images featured prepubescent and pubescent minor victims, some as young as eight-years-old, engaged in sexual activities. Degelau also knowingly possessed child pornography images on a cell phone. He manipulated many of the images by "morphing" or photoshopping child pornography with other, non-explicit images of minor victims, and photoshopping what appears to be images of his own genitalia into those child pornography images.

The indictment charges Degelau with two counts of possession of child pornography. He made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court today before Magistrate Judge Leo I. Brisbois.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Duluth Police Department, the Lake Superior Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, the FBI, and Homeland Security Investigations.

The 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. Attorney's Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Assistant U.S. Attorney Hillary A. Taylor is prosecuting the case.

An indictment is merely an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


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