MN Lawyer First To File Federal Case Under Masha’s Law On Child Porn

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St. Paul lawyer Jeff Anderson wants people who download child pornography to be scared, says the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He vows to hunt down and expose anyone who so much as peeks at computer images of child porn. Anderson said lawsuit he filed yesterday is the beginning of an initiative to stop the sexual exploitation of children at its source.

Defendants are former St. Paul schoolteacher and foster parent Gregg Alan Larsen and 100 as-yet-unnamed downloaders of child pornography. Larsen, 49, of Minneapolis was indicted in federal court and charged with production, distribution and possession of child porn involving, in one case, a child he was acquainted with through his own children. Anderson said the Larsen case will be the first in which he has taken advantage of the federal Masha’s Law, which says anyone who produces, distributes or downloads child pornography can be held civilly liable for damages of not less than $150,000 per download. The law was named for a 5-year-old Russian orphan adopted by an American man who began abusing her the first night she spent with him. He created and distributed hundreds of pornographic images on the Internet.

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