Two Superior men who were allegedly found in possession of child pornography waived their preliminary hearings in Douglas County Circuit Court May 29.

John Clarence Beckwell, 52, faces four counts of possession of child pornography. He was released on a $5,000 cash bail and ordered to have no intentional contact with children and no use of the internet.

According to the criminal complaint: An undercover investigation through the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension found an internet-connected device at Beckwell’s residence contained images of known child pornography and was offering them for distribution on the internet. Detectives downloaded additional videos of known child victims from a computer at the residence three additional times over the next two months.

A search warrant was executed at Beckwell’s residence March 7, 2018. Investigators reported that computer discs seized during the search contained evidence of more than 30 images of child pornography.

Jonathan Caleb Lindstrom, 28, faces one count of possession of child pornography. He was released on $2,000 cash bail and a $3,000 signature bond. Lindstrom was ordered to have no intentional contact with minors, no unsupervised contact with his children and no use of the internet except for work or school.

According to the criminal complaint: A search warrant was executed at Lindstrom’s residence Dec. 14, 2017 after undercover investigators downloaded a video of suspected child pornography from that address through a peer-to-peer video sharing network.

Lindstrom reportedly admitted to downloading and deleting sexually explicit videos he described as “child pornography” from the internet. Investigators tracked one video containing a known child victim from the location where it had been stored on Lindstrom’s computer to the undercover computer.

If convicted, each charge carries a maximum penalty of 25 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000. The next court date for both men is Aug. 9.