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Twin Cities man pleads guilty to child porn charges after serving Canadian sentence for explicit images

Craig Leslie

CAVALIER, N.D.—A Minnesota man pleaded guilty Monday, Sept. 10, in a Pembina County courtroom to five felony counts of child pornography possession. He previously served time in Canada for trying to smuggle the explicit content into the country.

Craig Eugene Leslie, 27, of Anoka was flagged for additional security checks May 27, 2017, at the Pembina and Emerson border crossing, court documents said.

A search of his phone on the Canadian side of the border revealed an assortment of explicit content, including images and video the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said showed known victims of child pornography, according to an affidavit for his arrest. All of the children shown in the content appear to be younger than 10, court documents said.

Leslie was arrested and pleaded guilty to charges of attempting to smuggle child pornography into Canada. He was sentenced to 20 months in jail. He was released early, and a warrant for his arrest was issued June 20 in Pembina County.

Leslie pleaded guilty to all five charges Monday during his arraignment and is awaiting sentencing.

He could spend up to five years in prison and pay a $10,000 fine for each count.