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Stillwater woman second charged in child-porn case involving prisoner

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A Stillwater woman who allegedly posed for pornographic photos with a 14-year-old girl in exchange for money was formally charged with sexual misconduct crimes on Thursday, June 7.

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Washington County prosecutors charged Carol Ann Blomster, 34, with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct for participating in photo shoots with the girl, which involved sexual touching, on at least two occasions this year.

Blomster faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

Prosecutors charged another woman, Dawn Marie Johnson, 50, on May 25 with crimes relating to her alleged role as the photographer.

Both women said they were friends of Joseph Soltis, 45, a convicted murderer and rapist held at the Oak Park Heights maximum-security prison.

Soltis, they say, offered Blomster as much as $4,000 to pose for the photos with the girl and enlisted Johnson to take photographs, according to criminal complaints filed against the women in Washington County District Court. Soltis has not been charged with a crime.

Stillwater Police learned of the incidents on May 23, when the girl told Washington County Community Services about them. In an interview, the girl said Blomster's friend "Joe" had requested photos of her and Blomster engaging in sex acts. The girl knew "Joe" was in prison, she said, because when he called Blomster's residence, a recording identified the call as coming from a Minnesota Correctional Facility.

The man, later identified as Soltis, promised Blomster money in exchange for photographs and engaged Johnson to take photographs on three of the four occasions she visited Blomster's residence on the 2200 block of Orleans Street between January and May, the girl said.

At the first session, the girl -- who has since turned 15 -- was instructed to wear lingerie that Johnson brought, she said, as well as to prepare for the photos by shaving and oiling her skin, wetting her hair and applying bright lipstick, all at Soltis' request.

In subsequent, sessions, the girl prepared herself the same way before engaging in sexual acts with Blomster, sometimes employing a sexual device the girl said Johnson brought to the home. Often, the sessions began with Blomster and the girl watching pornographic movies that Johnson brought also, the girl said.

All of the photographs, the girl said, were taken on a pink, fuzzy blanket she received as a Christmas present.

Blomster corroborated much of the girl's account, admitting that Soltis had offered money for photographs, that she had engaged in sexual touching with the girl, and that Johnson had brought the lingerie, sex toys and pornographic movies to Blomster's home.

Further, Blomster said, Soltis often directed over the phone what photos Johnson would take. While Blomster admitted that the sexual device was used, she did not use it on the girl, she said.

Blomster said she met Soltis through a mutual aquaintance who had been staying at her home. After the aquaintance left, Blomster continued speaking with Soltis on the phone. At Blomster's home, police found several cards and letters that appeared to be from Soltis.

Johnson admitted her involvement in the sessions, corroborating much of what Blomster and the girl said, according to the criminal complaints. However, she claimed there was no film in the camera when she used it and that she has no photographs of the girl and Blomster.

"She indicated fear of Mr. Soltis as the reason for doing this," the criminal complaint against Johnson states.

Johnson was charged with two counts of aiding and abetting the use of a minor in a sexual performance or pornographic work. She faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Both Soltis and Johnson are originally from Circle Pines. Soltis was sentenced to life in prison in 2001 for choking to death a 57-year-old Fridley woman in her basement two years earlier.

He was previously convicted of rape and aggravated robbery, according to Bureau of Criminal Investigation records.

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