Kevin Murphy

For the Superior Telegram

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MADISON - A Superior man could face 25 to 50 years in prison after entering a conditional guilty plea Wednesday in federal court to producing child pornography.

Roger Aleshire, 48, pleaded guilty to a child pornography charge but will be allowed to withdraw his plea if District Judge James Peterson throws out the search warrant and evidence Superior police obtained from Aleshire’s 16th Street residence in March.

Aleshire’s attorney, Robert Ruth, contended police provided no probable cause in the search warrant request that evidence of a crime would be found at Aleshire’s residence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman opposed the request for suppress the evidence stating there was probable cause to issue the warrant.

On Oct. 20, Federal Magistrate Stephen Crocker recommended that Peterson deny Aleshire’s request to suppress evidence. However, Peterson took Aleshire’s plea on Wednesday because he would not be able to rule on the recommendation before Aleshire’s Nov. 17 trial date.

On Wednesday, Altman told Peterson that police seized seven cell phones from Aleshire’s residence on March 17. A media card taken from one of the phones contained a video recording of a naked girl. Aleshire’s reflection in a full-length mirror is seen in the video, according to the complaint filed in the case. The video was taken on Jan. 27, according to Altman.

Neither Aleshire nor Ruth disputed Altman’s statements when questioned by Peterson.

Aleshire faces a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison because he was a prior sex offense conviction in Carlton County, Minn. In 1994, Aleshire was convicted on two counts of first-degree sexual assault.

He had been a registered sex offender for 10 years, according to Crocker’s recommendation.

Peterson continued Aleshire’s detention and set sentencing for Jan. 21.