Cottage Grove man pleads guilty to federal child pornography charges

A Cottage Grove man pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges of production, attempted production and possession of child pornography, the U.S. attorney’s office announced in Minneapolis.

According to court documents, between June 2019 and April 2020, Peter James Monson, 38, employing a practice known as “catfishing,” made fake social media accounts to lure children into child pornography.

Monson allegedly made a fake Snapchat profile of a 16-year-old girl named “Brianna” and asked girls he met through the app to make and send sexually explicit photos and videos of themselves so they could be rated by others as “princesses.”

In addition, according to court documents, in April 2020, Monson also used his iPhone to make a secret recording of an 8-year-old while the child was getting dressed.

Authorities asks anyone aware of any child exploitation to call the National Center for Missing or Exploited Children (NCMEC) at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or visit NCMEC’s website at

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