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North Dakota man charged with Internet sex crimes

A 29-year-old man from Grand Forks, North Dakota, has been charged with multiple sex crimes. The man admitted to exchanging sexual photographs with minors for the past 12 years during a polygraph test for a potential job. According to a police affidavit, child pornography was also found on his computer equipment.

A federal grand jury handed down eight felony counts against the man. He has been charged with, among other things, transporting minor girls across state lines for sex, creating child pornography videos and possession of child pornography.

The charges carry mandatory minimum sentences of 10 to 15 years and the possibility of life in prison. He has pleaded not guilty.

Local police in Grand Forks had been looking into the same allegations against the man since last fall. State charges included multiple counts of having sex with a minor. The state of North Dakota dropped its charges, in deference to the federal prosecution.

The federal charges include possessing child pornography showing a person younger than 12 years of age. The man remains in county jail, where he has been for nearly three months, since the state first charged him with Internet sex crimes.

Courts take Internet sex crimes and child pornography seriously. Anyone facing these charges needs an experienced criminal defense lawyer on their side. There are many facets to a case such as this that are best handled by an attorney familiar with the challenges associated with defending against charges of sexual misconduct.

Source: Forum News Service, "ND National Guard sergeant faces multiple charges of sex crimes against minors," Stephen J. Lee, March 28, 2014

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