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Crookston Man Sentenced to More Than 21 Years in Prison for Producing Child Pornography

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – A Crookston man has been sentenced to 262 months in prison followed by 20 years of supervised release for producing images and videos showing the sexual abuse of a minor girl, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger.

According to the defendant's plea agreement and court documents, the minor victim in the case reported to school officials and to the Crookston Police that Jorge Alberto Torres, Jr., 52, had been sexually assaulting and abusing the minor victim for several years. Torres threatened and coerced the minor victim into submitting to his sexual demands, and he placed a hidden video camera in a bathroom used by the minor victim and others. The following day, law enforcement arrested Torres. Torres asked a family member to hide or destroy an Android cell phone and the hidden video camera. Law enforcement nonetheless recovered the cell phone and, after obtaining a search warrant, found that the cell phone contained multiple images and videos depicting Torres's sexual abuse of the minor victim and other child pornography.

Torres pleaded guilty on December 20, 2023, to one count of production of child pornography and admitted to other additional conduct constituting production of child pornography. He was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court by Judge Katherine M. Menendez.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Crookston Police Department and the FBI's Minneapolis Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Benjamin Bejar and Emily A. Polachek prosecuted the case.


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