Already facing charges, man allegedly tries to lure child through computer
BEMIDJI — Seven months and one day after bailing out of jail where he was being held on six counts of child porn possession, Jacob William Kinn posted an ad on Craigslist looking for a “2-9 year old” girl to pose in various outfits for his “personal collection,” according to authorities.
Within a week of the posting, Kinn was taken into custody, but recently paid a $15,000 bond and was released from jail.
The 29-year-old Bemidji man pleaded not guilty to the child porn charges Monday, and his jury trial is scheduled to begin May 28. In the online ad, created in February, Kinn said he would pay $150 per hour for a minimum of one hour and that he wanted the girl to wear “skimpy outfits,” according to court documents. Police, posing as a fictitious mother named “Lisa,” responded to the ad.
The victim in this case proved to be non-existent, and Lisa was a female Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputy. Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin was notified Feb. 19 of the existence of the ad. The ad listed an email address that included Kinn’s name as the contact for the posting, according to a search warrant filed by police. After an email exchange with Kinn, police executed the warrant, and set up a meeting where Lisa was to hand over a young girl.
On Feb. 25, Kinn drove to an undisclosed location in Bemidji and spoke with the deputy. He was then arrested and booked on charges of possession of child pornography and dissemination of child pornography. Beltrami District Judge Paul Benshoof set Kinn’s bail at $150,000. Kinn either worked with a bail bondsman or paid the $15,000 that secured his freedom.
“Our state law requires bail in every instance, even on serious murder cases,” said Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp. “We’re not like the federal system or most other states that will hold a person without bail. Minnesota believes that everyone deserves their freedom.”
The investigation into Kinn’s online activities began in March 2012, in an undercover operation performed by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s Internet Crimes Against Children task force. The six counts of child porn the Beltrami County Attorney’s Office charged Kinn with stem from that investigation, which ended in July with Kinn’s arraignment.
In the criminal complaint, an ICAC investigator details downloading suspected child porn from an Internet protocol address that police say belonged to Kinn. An investigator with the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office worked with ICAC, eventually subpoenaing Microsoft Corp. to find the home where the IP address was registered. That subpoena lead to Kinn’s residence in the 3700 block of Mill Street.
A search warrant was filed and executed for the home July 18, where police confiscated several computers, a smart phone and an external hard drive. Examination of the devices netted six files — including a more than 23-minute long video of multiple girls that appeared to be about 12-years-old engaging in various sex acts — that classified as child pornography, according to the complaint.
After being read his rights and taken into custody that day, Kinn spoke with police, telling them he had recently sold a laptop to an unknown person in the parking lot of a Walmart. Kinn later recanted and said he actually drove to Effie and ditched the computer in the woods.
Investigators were on their way to Effie in an attempt to locate the device when Kinn said he wanted a lawyer.