Dassel Man Facing Child Porn Charges 23 Oct 12

A Dassel man is facing child pornography charges after an investigation that began last month.

Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin says investigators arrested 23-year-old Nathan Charles Robert Schwartz of Dassel at a home in Litchfield on Friday.

Norlin says Schwartz was arrested as part of an on-going criminal investigation into the possession and manufacturing of child pornography, and for 1st and 2nd degree Criminal Sexual Contact with a minor who was known to him – which had occurred over the past several years.

Last month, a search warrant was executed at Schwartz’s residence near Dassel, where various media evidence, drug paraphernalia and other physical evidence were recovered.

Authorities recovered pictures and videos from the media evidence showing child pornography. Photographic evidence was also recovered showing Schwartz in possession of assault style rifles, which is illegal because he is currently a registered predatory offender and a felon.

Schwartz is being held on charges of 1st Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct, 2nd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct, Use of a Minor in Sexual Performance and Possession of Child Pornography.

Sheriff Norlin says additional charges could be filed. Schwartz is being held in the Meeker County Jail awaiting his first court appearance.