Maplewood man who fled to the Philippines is sentenced to 13 years for child pornography

A Maplewood man has been sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for distributing child pornography.

Gary James Dokulil, 40, pleaded guilty in September to one count of distributing child pornography and one count of making a false statement in applying for a passport, according to a news release issued by the U.S. attorney’s office.

A U.S. district judge in Minneapolis on Thursday sentenced Dokulil to 160 months in prison, the news release said.

Dokulil admitted in his guilty plea that he used online file sharing software to search for, acquire and distribute child pornography between at March 2013 and November 2018, when his Maplewood home was raided by law enforcement, according to court documents.

FBI investigators and Maplewood police who searched Dokulil’s home discovered a host of electronic devices containing more than 600 pornographic images and videos, depicting children as young as 3 years old, court documents say.

In addition to his electronics, investigators seized Dokulil’s passport during the search. Over the next couple of months, Dokulil obtained a new passport by falsely claiming it had been lost or stolen, according to his guilty plea. He used this new passport to travel on a one-way ticket to the Philippines, where he was arrested in February 2019.

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