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Isanti County Man Sentenced to 24 Years for Child Pornography

From the US Department of Justice:

"An Isanti County man has been sentenced to 288 months in prison followed by 25 years of supervised release for producing child pornography.

According to court documents, Russell James Anderson-Baldwin, 39, used Instagram, Snapchat, and other online messaging apps to communicate with a minor victim. Between December 2019 and August 2020, Anderson-Baldwin coerced the minor to create sexually explicit videos. In total, Anderson-Baldwin created approximately 286 sexually explicit videos of the minor. Investigators also found on Anderson-Baldwin’s phone approximately 140 sexually explicit images and videos of other minor victims.

On January 16, 2020, Anderson-Baldwin was convicted in Isanti County of three counts of possession of child pornography. As a result of those convictions, he was required to register as a sex offender and was on probation when he committed the production offense. Anderson-Baldwin pleaded guilty in federal court on June 22, 2021, to one count of production of child pornography.

Acting U.S. Attorney Charles J. Kovats made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Donovan W. Frank sentenced the defendant.

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 via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Evan B. Gilead."

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