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Man faces 15-30 years for child pornography

A Carlton man pleaded guilty last week to one count of production and attempted production of child pornography. He also admitted to engaging in a pattern of sexually abusing at least six children under the age of 12.

Stephan Jeremiah Hansen signed the plea deal in U.S. District Court on Tuesday, Sept. 26. According to the 12-page plea agreement and sentencing stipulations, Hansen admitted to taking photos and videos of the children over a period of at least seven years with his Apple iPhone.

In return for Hansen’s guilty plea, the U.S. Attorney’s office agreed to dismiss three other charges....