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Minneapolis (KROC AM News) - A former Minnesota charter school employee was called “a wolf who pretended to be a shepherd in order to gain access to the sheep” before he was given a long prison sentence.

The description came from the federal judge in Minneapolis who sentenced the man Tuesday to 20 years behind bars for his child pornography conviction

 Sentenced was 28-year-old Josiah Mosqueda of Minneapolis, who was also described as a “serial predator.”

According to court documents, Mosqueda was a volunteer and employee of a Minneapolis charter school. He also worked as a volunteer at a different Minneapolis middle school.

Prosecutors say he used social media and electronic communication platforms to communicate with at least ten minor male victims.  He was accused of repeatedly soliciting the victims to send him naked images of themselves, or videos of sexually explicit acts. He was also accused of suggesting in-person sexual encounters and offered economic or other favors in exchange for sexual contact. In addition, Mosqueda also engaged the victims in sexually explicit conversations and sent sexually explicit pictures of himself to victims. Investigators found had a collection of additional images and videos containing child pornography on his laptops and cell phone.

US Attorney Erica H. MacDonald issued this statement after his sentencing: 
“The defendant was a school employee with direct access to students. He presented himself as someone the students could trust and rely on,” said United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald. “Instead of being that trusted adult, he exploited that trust, groomed young and vulnerable victims, and preyed upon them for his own sexual gratification. I am grateful the Court recognized this egregious conduct and sentenced him accordingly.”

He's closing in on 20 DWI arrests.

 

 

 

9.2.20

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