March 16, 2017 09:17 PM
A Duluth man has been sentenced to five years in prison for child pornography and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Daniel Joseph Kludt, a former Lakeview Christian Academy and Superior Public Schools teacher, was arrested in 2016. Authorities took around three dozen firearms from Kludt's home after a search.
In 2014, Kludt had asked a judge to reinstate his firearms rights, but his request was denied. He had previously been convicted in 1998 of criminal sexual conduct after admitting to touching a 13-year-old boy. That felony charge meant he couldn't own guns.
"Instead of complying with that order, you had three dozen firearms up on your property, Judge Dale Harris said. "That does not bode well for me, anyway, on how you're going to do going forward because you're following your rules and not the rules of the court or probation."
Defense argued that because Kludt successfully completed his probation and took accountability in the case almost 20 years ago, he should be sentenced to probation again.
"I'm a very cooperative individual, and I have a good attitude through all of this," Kludt said. "I see treatment at NERCC as a good place to start."
Defense Attorney Brent Olson also said the Kludt, 56, is a family man who has four children, and he wants to be a part of their lives.
"Every time I've spoken with him, he says basically, his kids mean the world to him," Olson said. "What he's hoping for the future more than anything is to be a part of their lives."
Kludt told Judge Dale Harris about intense shoulder and back pain, and he said being disabled has strained his marriage. Kludt also said he struggles with depression and anxiety.
"I am regretful for what I have done, and I'm sorry. However, I am a good, strong person and finish what I start. I am already digging out of my mess by being here," Kludt said. "Please consider my heart and my willingness to comply with the court."
Before the sentence, Judge Harris told Kludt he would stick with the sentencing guidelines instead of departing to probation.
"I don't know if you are lying to yourself or lying to others, but it does not seem to me that you have come to terms with not just that you need treatment, but why you need it," Harris said.
Kludt was given five years in prison on the firearms charge, along with a $1,000 fine. Judge Harris also sentenced him to three years and three months on one child porn charge and four years and three months on the other child porn charge. The sentences will all be served at the same time, so they amount to five years.
He'll serve a minimum of two-thirds of that time, and he'll be on a conditional release for five years afterward.
Updated: March 16, 2017 09:17 PM
Created: March 16, 2017 10:58 AM
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