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Prisoner guilty in Stillwater child porn case

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Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

A Washington County jury has convicted a prisoner at the Oak Park Heights maximum-security prison for his role in a child pornography crime that claimed a local teenager as its victim.

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Joseph Timothy Soltis, 46, was found guilty of three felony counts of aiding and abetting use of minors in sexual performance and a pornographic work. A jury reached the verdict after deliberating briefly Tuesday, May 12.

Judge David Doyscher sentenced Soltis to nine years for the crimes. Soltis was already serving a life sentence for the 1999 murder of a Fridley woman.

According to Stillwater Police, Soltis had offered a Stillwater woman, Carol Ann Blomster, as much as $4,000 to pose for sexually explicit photos with a 14-year-old girl early last year.

Statements from the girl, Blomster and Dawn Marie Johnson -- a Circle Pines resident who admitted to being the photographer -- each implicated Soltis as the organizer of the photo sessions, which they said he directed via cellular phone from inside the prison.

Evidence records in Soltis' case file list recordings of several telephone conversations between Soltis, Blomster and Johnson during the first half of last year.

Both Blomster and Johnson have been convicted already of crimes relating to the photo sessions, according to court records.

Blomster, 35, pleaded guilty last November on a charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and was sentenced to more than six years in prison and an additional 10 years probation.

Johnson, 51, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting use of a minor in a sexual performance/pornographic work last October and was sentenced to serve 120 days on electronic home monitoring and an additional 10 years probation.

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