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St. Croix County man accused of using hidden camera

Edward K. Schorr

Authorities allege a 49-year-old man placed a hidden camera in a New Richmond-area house, the recordings from which depicted a juvenile girl.

The St. Croix County District Attorney's Office charged the man, Edward K. Schorr, with sexploitation of a child, possession of child pornography and two counts of exposing genitals to a child. St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Scott Needham set cash bail at $15,000 at Schorr's initial appearance.

Schorr, of New Richmond, waived his preliminary hearing at a July 27 hearing, where the case was moved to the trial phase.

A criminal complaint alleges the child found the camera and alerted a relative, who reported the incident to sheriff's deputies. In an interview with St. Croix County Sheriff's Office investigators, Schorr denied placing the camera for sexual purposes.

Investigators said he eventually admitted to having nude recordings of the juvenile saved to his electronics but that "I had no intent to share, I had no intent to profit and I had no intent to keep for my personal reasons. But I did," the complaint states.

A bail review hearing was set for Aug. 2.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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