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St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - A western Minnesota man has admitted to a federal charge involving the production of child pornography.

The US Attorney's Office for Minnesota says 35-year-old Andrew Groen entered a guilty plea late last week to one count of production and attempted production of child pornography for allegedly producing sexually explicit images of a minor. His sentencing hearing will be scheduled at a later date.

Sherburne County Sheriff's Office photo
Sherburne County Sheriff's Office photo

According to court documents, the Willmar area man contacted the victim using a messaging app and identified himself as a 19-year-old man named "Tyler." The charges say Groen knew the victim was underage and coerced the individual to send him the sexually explicit images. It was also alleged that he sent the victim scene images and links to pornography, while also encouraging the victim to have sex with an adult man.

The investigation that led to the guilty plea was conducted by the Willmar Police Department and the FBI.

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