Minnesota man jailed in Canada for smuggling child pornography sentenced to probation
A Minnesota man will not spend any more time behind bars and was sentenced Monday to spend five years on probation for attempting to smuggle child pornography across the Canadian border.
Craig Eugene Leslie, 27, of Anoka, has been in custody for over seven months as he awaited sentencing. He served time in Canada for trying to smuggle the explicit content into the country.
A court document said Leslie was flagged for additional security checks at the Pembina and Emerson border on May 27, 2017. A search of his phone on the Canadian side of the border revealed an assortment of sexually explicit content showing children that appeared to be younger than 10, a criminal complaint said.
Leslie was arrested and pleaded guilty to charges in Canada. He was sentenced to 20 months in jail but released early and a warrant for his arrest was issued in June for Pembina County.
Leslie pleaded guilty to the five felony charges in September.
On Monday he was sentenced to time served, 218 days, and five years of supervised probation. Each felony count held a maximum of five years in prison.