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Date: 10-28-2020

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United States of America v. John Edwin Kuhnel

Case Number: 0:17-cr-00158-JRT-BRT

Judge: John R. Tunheim

Court: United States District Court for the District of Minnesota (Hennepin County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Description: Minneapolis, Minnesota child porn possession criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with receipt and possession of child pornography.

John Edwin Kuhnel, 41, was charged with receipt and possession of child pornography.

“Despite the many challenges this past year has presented, my office has not lost sight of our commitment to bringing child predators to justice. Prosecuting cases involving child exploitation remains a top priority,” said United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald.

As proven at trial, between January 3, 2016, and November 29, 2016, KUHNEL, while under supervision for a previous conviction for criminal sexual conduct in the second degree, knowingly received and possessed more than 33,000 image and video files depicting sexually explicit conduct involving minors.

This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Manda M. Sertich and Emily A. Polachek tried the case.

Defendant Information:


Elk River, Minn.


Receipt of child pornography, 9 counts
Possession of child pornography, 2 counts


204 months in prison
15 years of supervised release

Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 17 years in prison.

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