Alden man facing 11 counts of child pornography possession

Published 4:27 pm Thursday, October 14, 2021

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A 38-year-old Alden man made his first appearance in Freeborn County District Court on Thursday on multiple counts of child pornography possession.

James Rambo

James Alan Rambo is facing 11 felony counts of possession of pornographic work of a minor under 13. 

Court documents state the Minneapolis Police Department contacted a Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office detective in January about a cyber-tip on child pornography related to a suspect in Alden. The detective in April received a package from a Minneapolis officer containing a report detailing the cyber tip and the child pornography associated with the case. 

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On June 23, the Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant of the home where Rambo was living, seizing several laptops, desktops, phones, flashcards and hard drives from the basement where he lives. 

The Sheriff’s Office detective on Aug. 9 spoke with a Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension digital forensic examiner who had started to process several of the items that had been sent in from Rambo’s living area, and the examiner stated on just one of the hard drives, there were allegedly over 100,000 child pornographic items, of which over 29,000 were known victims from the Internet Crimes Against Children. 

Court documents allege 29 videos included victims under 3 years old. 

In court on Thursday, Freeborn County District Court Judge Steven Schwab set Rambo’s bail at $50,000 without conditions or $25,000 with conditions. Conditions included not using social media or the internet, not possessing firearms or dangerous weapons and having no contact with people under 18, among others. 

Rambo is next slated to appear in court Oct. 28.