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Published on April 23, 2024
Rochester Man Charged with Producing Child Pornography and Coercion of a MinorSource: Google Street View

A Rochester man faces a slew of federal charges for the alleged production and possession of child pornography and for coercing a minor into sex acts, U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger has announced. The accused, Mathew Richard Adamson, 45, is said to have committed these acts with 12 and 13-year-old girls over an extended period that spans from 2015 to 2023, according to information from a U.S. Attorney's Office press release.

The alarming allegations include Adamson's covert recordings of his victims and his possession of explicit minors' images. Notably, the indictment mentions three counts of production and attempted production of child pornography, one count for possession of such illicit material, and, one count of coercion and enticement. He faced these charges during his arraignment before Magistrate Judge Dulce J. Foster.

Adamson's indictment has come as the result of a thorough examination spearheaded by local and federal law enforcement, including the Rochester Police Department, the FBI, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The Assistant U.S. Attorney Rebecca Kline is tasked with bringing the prosecution's case before the court.

While the evidence presented in the indictment paints a damning picture, it's crucial to remember that the indictment is not a guilty verdict, and the defendant enjoys the presumption of innocence. Adamson will remain innocent until if and when proven guilty in the due process of law, a standard that acts as a cornerstone of the American legal system.