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A Rochester man who is now serving a sentence in federal prison for a child pornography conviction was sentenced today for his conviction on state child pornography-related charges.

27-year-old Arkady Pichurin was given prison sentences ranging from 20 months to 60 months for each of his 10 convictions on felony counts of possession of child pornography. He admitted to the charges late last year through a plea agreement with Olmsted County prosecutors that resulted in the dismissal of 50 other charges. He will serve all of the state prison sentences concurrently with his 17-year federal prison term.

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His federal conviction involved a child who was between 9 and 10 years old when Pichurin contacted the victim through online messaging and texting services, including Snapchat. Pichurin is accused of lying about his age and identity in order to sexually exploit the child.

As part of his plea agreement, the Rochester man also admitted using similar tactics to convince more than 20 other children to supply him with sexually explicit images and videos. The charges against Pichurin also indicated a search of his home led to the seizure of thousands of child pornography materials that included recordings of conversations between him and the victims along with images depicting the sexual abuse of infants, toddlers, and animals.

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