Columbus man faces child porn charges

He is second to be accused of filming boys at Andover YMCA

 

A 47-year-old Columbus man was charged Friday in Anoka County District Court with two counts of interfering with privacy of a victim under 18 and two counts of possession of pornographic work involving minors. Christopher Michael Bradshaw faces the four felony charges.

According to the criminal complaint, Bradshaw and Robert Dennis Minor, who was charged in similar matters earlier in the month, had several phone conversations while Minor was in jail last month.

Also according to the complaint, Bradshaw brought two young boys with him to the YMCA in Andover, where he secretly videotaped them in various states of undress. This video was found on Minor’s iPhone. Investigators matched video frames of the man’s face to an image of Bradshaw as posted on a business website for Independent Security Solutions Inc. The business was listed with the same address as Bradshaw’s residence, 18125 Tulane St. N.E. in Columbus.

A search warrant executed at Bradshaw’s home led to hundreds of pornographic images depicting minor children in sexual acts.

In working with YMCA staff, investigators learned that Bradshaw is a member of the Andover facility. They also discovered that he has visited 11 YMCA facilities throughout the metro since last November.

The investigation is continuing.

Bradshaw has previous convictions in Cook County, for lewd and lascivious conduct in March 1994, and in Hennepin County, for first degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim under the age of 13 in September 1997. He was last discharged from probation Oct. 29.

Anoka County District Court Judge Dyanna Street set bail for Bradshaw at $250,000 without conditions, or $100,000 with conditions, including having no contact with his children and the victims in this case. Bradshaw’s next court appearance is scheduled for April 18.

“This case is particularly disturbing because it allegedly involves a violation of trust by the victims and their parent,” Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo said. “It appears that Bradshaw not only took advantage of the situation, he helped create it.”

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