8/8/2013 3:26:00 PM Child pornography possession case ends in plea agreement
by DENISE MARTIN
A 33-year old Harris man who was scheduled for a jury trial to begin this week; entered a plea in district court Monday to six felony counts of possessing child pornogrpahy, out of 12 counts filed against him. Six counts that were dismissed had to do with disseminating the images. The plea agreement was predicated on the defendant admitting that there exists enough evidence for him to be convicted.
He is to cooperate with a Pre-Sentence Investigation and is due back in court before Judge Schoffelman, for sentencing October 28. Michael Lawrence Cloud came to the attention of authorities in late 2011 and early 2012. A Minneapolis police officer working with the Minnesota Cybercrime Task Force located an Internet IP address for a Harris-based computer that was believed to be providing suspected child pornography files electronically.
May 5, 2012 local deputies and task force members executed a search warrant at Cloud’s Galaxy Avenue home, with Cloud present. The criminal complaint said 2,477 images of suspected child pornography were seized on multiple hard drives. There were 4,000 images on three additional optical discs. Girls, ages 3 to 14, comprised the majority of subjects in the pornographic images.