Minnesota man extradited on charges of attempted sexual misconduct online

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 | 5:22 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — A Minnesota man charged with two counts of attempted sexual misconduct was being held at the Boone County Jail on Tuesday morning.

Joshua Daniel Anderson, 23, of Cannon Falls, Minn., was extradited from Minnesota on a warrant for two Boone County charges of attempted sexual misconduct with a minor, according to a statement from the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

A warrant for Anderson's arrest was issued Feb. 1, and he was arrested the next day. 

According to a probable cause statement, Tracy Perkins, Cyber Crimes Task Force detective, was using a fabricated chat-room identity on Sept. 16 to investigate enticement of children when Perkins was contacted via her fake username. That name was linked to a decoy account for a fictional 14-year-old Columbia female, and Anderson's Yahoo account, "bleedinggoth_6669," identified the owner as "Josh," a 23-year-old man from Minnesota.

On Sept. 16 and again on Dec. 13, "Josh" contacted the decoy account by instant message and video webcam. He tried to convince the decoy to remove clothing and to exchange nude pictures with him, according to Perkins' statement. During both incidents, "Josh" asked the decoy if she wanted to see his genitals and then exposed himself via webcam to the decoy. 

Perkins used Yahoo's subscriber records to identify the account owner's mailing address in Cannon Falls. Images captured by Perkins during the video chat that showed the user's face and a beaded necklace bearing the name "Josh Anderson" were cross-referenced with Minnesota Department of Revenue photos to place Anderson at that address. 

Computers and other electronic evidence, which were seized from Anderson's home at the time of arrest, are being transferred to the task force for analysis and documentation, according to the release. 

Anderson was being held on $40,000 bond and was awaiting a preliminary hearing scheduled for Feb. 27.

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