Mickey Carter, a former teacher in the Onamia School District and former zoning administrator for the city of Onamia, was sentenced Oct. 7 in Mille Lacs District Court to 18 months in state prison.
The sentence was stayed under several conditions, including five years of supervised probation and 60 days in jail.
Carter pleaded guilty July 22 to possession of pornographic work, a felony.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Mille Lacs District Court, an officer with the Minneapolis Police Department began conducting an Internet investigation looking for child pornography being downloaded in Onamia.
A connection was established with a computer that contained two files of suspected child pornography in a shared file folder. The Internet service provider told investigators the subscriber was Carter, who resides at 301 Birch St. North in Onamia.
A Mille Lacs County investigator executed a search warrant of Carter's residence, where six computers were collected as evidence. The investigator took a taped statement from Carter, who admitted to looking at “those types” of images but said he always deletes them, the complaint states.
Carter admitted that he used Limewire and the search term “PTHC,” but he said he did not know the abbreviation stood for “pre-teen hard core.” The complaint says Carter also admitted to downloading images of children having sex.
According to the complaint, investigators found a total of 26 images containing what appeared to be child pornography and five video files containing what appeared to be child pornography. Several of the images and videos depicted prepubescent children, the complaint states.
According to the complaint, one of the computers seized from Carter’s residence was a laptop belonging to Onamia Public Schools.
As part of his sentence, Carter is also required to abstain from alcohol and controlled substances, keep the court informed of his current address, and register as a predatory offender.
He is not allowed to have unsupervised contact with minors, unless preapproved, or to use the Internet without approval. He cannot possess firearms or dangerous weapons or pornographic materials and must supply a DNA sample and undergo random testing.