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Cottage Grove man charged with seven counts of child pornography

A Cottage Grove man faces seven felony charges of child pornography possession after Cottage Grove police allegedly discovered hundreds of videos and photos at his home three years ago.

The FBI and Minneapolis division of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension notified Cottage Grove Police in 2014 that an IP address belonging to Randy Carl Rappe, 66, was connected to more than 40 images depicting child pornography on a filesharing network, according to a criminal complaint filed in Washington County in April.

The complaint said an active download and video were depicting child pornography was open on Rappe's personal computer when police executed a search warrant of his home on the 7900 Block of Heathside Avenue in May 2014.

A further search of the home, where Rappe lived alone, revealed 300 photos and 500 videos, many of which depicted pornographic content with "obvious juveniles and prepubescent males and females," according to the complaint.

Police also found DVDs and CDs they suspect contain child pornography based on their labelling, as well as notebooks, photographs, a Kindle, a book titled "Coming of Age," and various documents.

The complaint described a card catalog officers located at Rappe's home that listed videos in an "almost a library like fashion with a check-in and check-out."

A National Center for Missing and Exploited Children review of the videos identified known child victims featured in several extremely graphic videos and photos pulled from Rappe's collection.

Rappe made an initial court appearance Thursday, August 10. Each charge he faces carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and $5,000 for first offenses.

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