Feds arrest neighborhood “Santa” on child pornography charges, son kills himself before arrest
Date Shared: March 12th, 2024
Date Released: March 6th, 2024


- James Cox was arrested Tuesday on child pornography charges while they found Henry Cox shot himself in the head before the search warrant was executed this week.

- Federal agents they have been investigating James Cox and his son Henry since late 2023 for producing and uploading child pornography.

- This all comes after an investigation began in November 2023, when St. Cloud Police received a tip that someone was uploading child sex abuse material online.

- Later, they learned it was of a 12-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl who live in the neighborhood.

- Some video contained Henry Cox abusing children while other material was recorded of children using a public restroom. 

- Neighborhood children knew James Cox as “Santa” -- they said he dressed up like him year-round, approaching children. 

- Channel 9 learned Henry Cox worked in some capacity at a foster home with DCF.