Alleged stalker now accused of child porn possession

The Forest Lake man who was charged earlier this summer with stalking and a sex crime related to hidden sexual videos he made of a former neighbor has now also been accused of possessing child pornography.

Alan Douglas Running, 69, made his first appearance July 3 for two charges of possessing an illegal pornographic work. According to court records, child pornography was allegedly found on one or more of Running’s electronic devices as police investigated him for the stalking and sex crime charges (read more about those in the June 29 story “Man charged with stalking, sex crime” or online here).

After obtaining a search warrant for Running’s devices in April, investigators allegedly found more than 100,000 “graphic images,” records state, much of it adult pornography (not including the surreptitious videos Running made of his former neighbor). However, they also found two instances of what appeared be girls under the age of 18 engaging in sexual activity with an adult man. The images did not originate with Running but were allegedly found on one or more of his devices.