An Eyota man is being held on $400,000 unconditional bail or bond after a photo of him allegedly engaging in sexual contact with a child was found on his computer.

Michael Allen Smith, 36, is charged in Olmsted County District Court with felony counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and use of minors in sexual performance/pornographic work.

Smith made his first appearance in court Thursday, when Judge Lisa Hayne set unconditional bail or bond in the amount of $400,000 and conditional bail or bond in the amount of $200,000. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 26.

Smith was arrested on June 11 by Olmsted County Sheriff’s deputies after law enforcement received a call for service to a residence in Eyota. A woman reported that she found a photograph on Smith’s computer of him having sexual contact with a child, according to court documents.

When investigators spoke with Smith that day, he reportedly confirmed the identify of the child in the image and that the child was under 13 years old. Smith admitted that he “revealed” himself to the child but didn’t remember taking the picture, court documents state.

“Smith stated that it was ‘more than likely’ him in the image, but he could not ‘remember a time where (he) would have had the phone for something that stupid,’” the statement of probable cause reads. “According to Smith, he was wearing specific pajamas at the time of the incident and had his pants pulled down for a maximum of two minutes.”

Public Safety Reporter

Emily is the Post Bulletin's public safety reporter. A Minnesota native, Emily worked at two newspapers in New England before returning to the Land of 10,000 Lakes in July 2018.

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