Burnsville Woman Charged with Distributing Child Pornography
A Burnsville woman and a Minneapolis man have been charged with filming a sexual act performed by two underage girls at a party at a Burnsville hotel and then posting it online.
Kayla Jo Henry-Heagle, 21, of Burnsville is charged with dissemination of pornographic work involving minors, a felony with a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of a $3,000 fine.
Antonio Mendez Trice, 26, of Minneapolis is charged with using a minor in a pornographic work, a felony with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. That charge has a mandatory minimum penalty of a $6,000 fine.
Police in Wyoming, Minn., contacted Burnsville police on June 28 for assistance in investigating Henry-Heagle for posting a video on Facebook, according to the criminal complaint.
The video showed two minors, 17, engaged in oral sex, according to the complaint. The girls learned that the video had been posted online when they began to receive messages on their Facebook pages from people who were commenting on the video, the complaint says.
One of the girls visited Henry-Heagle’s page and discovered numerous comments from people telling her to take down the video because the girls were minors.
One of the girls told police that she and a friend had gone to the Burnsville hotel about eight or nine months earlier. She said that she performed oral sex on a 17-year-old boy, and her friend performed oral sex on an adult male.
She told police that she learned the next day that the incident had been recorded by a man later identified as Trice. She said she asked the man – whose identity she didn’t know at the time – to delete the video from his phone, but later learned that the phone belonged to the adult male in the video.
Burnsville police contacted Henry-Heagle, who admitted uploading the video that she found on the man’s phone while he was in jail, according to the complaint. She said she was dating the man at the time the video was shot, and she was upset that he had been with another woman, the complaint says.
Henry-Heagle admitted to police that she knew the girls were minors, but said she didn’t care because she was so angry at her boyfriend, according to the complaint.
Investigators determined Trice’s identity because he turned the camera around at one point and made a comment while he was filming the video. Police used a snipping tool to pull his image from the video, then sent the image to law enforcement agencies around Minnesota.
A Minneapolis police lieutenant identified the man as Trice, a half-brother of both one of the minors in the video and the man who owned the phone.
Trice and Henry-Heagle are scheduled to make first appearances on the charges Feb. 4 and Feb. 11, respectively, in Dakota County District Court in Hastings.