Former Duluth Firefighter Sentenced to 17 1/2 Years in Child Porn Case

A former Duluth firefighter will spend the next 17 and a half years behind bars on federal child porn charges. 

33-year-old Caleb Lofald pleaded guilty in August to producing child pornography. 

U.S. District Court Judge Ann Montgomery also sentenced Lofald to 25 years supervised release when he is released from prison.  Lofald must also register as a sex offender. 

A Grand Jury returned a seven count federal indictment against Lofald in March. The charges included possessing, producing and receiving child pornography on electronic devices, including at a Duluth Fire Hall where he worked. 

Investigators executed a search warrant last November at Lofald’s home and workplace, Duluth Fire Hall 7. 

During their search, they found eleven images of a naked 4-month-old baby girl, focusing on her genitals.  Some of the photos show a hand touching the infant’s genitalia. 

Investigators also recovered video, allegedly recorded in Lofald’s house using a hidden camera, of a 6-year-old boy and a woman changing their clothes. 

Lofald has been charged at the state level with Felony First and Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct, Possess Pictorial Representation of Minors, Interference with Privacy against a Minor under 18 and a gross misdemeanor charge of interference with Privacy. 

That case is set for a review hearing in December. 

Lofald is a life-long Hermantown resident.  He worked with the Fargo Fire Department before starting a job with the Duluth Fire Department. 

He was with the Duluth Fire Department for seven years before being fired in February. 

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