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Austin, MN (KROC-AM News) - A former employee of the Austin School District has worked out a plea agreement to settle child pornography charges.

31-year-old Vincent Askelson today entered a petition to plead guilty to two counts of possession of child pornography. Under the terms of the agreement, he has agreed to a sentence of three years in prison in exchange for the prosecution dropping its request for an aggravated sentence in the case.

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According to the criminal complaint filed against Askelson last fall, Austin police were notified of 19 files containing child pornography that had been uploaded to Snapchat on a phone belonging to Askelson. Investigators also seized a laptop, tablet, and two cell phones while executing a search warrant at his residence in October. The charges state the files uploaded to the Snapchat account included child sexual abuse materials involving girls as young as 4 years old.

Askelson criminal complaint - Mower County Court
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At the time, Askelson worked as a para-educator for the Austin Public Schools. Following the filing of charges, Austin Schools Superintendent Dr. Joey Page issued a statement indicating there was no information indicating students in the Austin Public Schools were involved.

Askelson is scheduled to be sentenced on October 17.

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