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Published February 24, 2012, 04:44 PM

Grand Forks Man Sentenced for Possessing 35,000 Child Porn Images, 250 Videos

(WDAZ-TV) - A Grand Forks man was sentenced on Thursday to 12 years in prison for distribution and possession of child pornography.

By: WDAZ Staff Report, WDAZ

(WDAZ-TV) - A Grand Forks man was sentenced on Thursday to 12 years in prison for distribution and possession of child pornography.

Mark Alan Lindgren, 29, pleaded guilty August 2, 2011.

U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon says Lindgren was a member of an encrypted network whereby people would share child pornography with each other.

The FBI executed a search warrant at Lindgren's home on the UND campus and various electronic media was seized.

More than 35,000 image files and 252 video files of children depicted in sexually explicit activity were found. According to a media release, much of the material depicted children "engaged in hardcore sexual activity and other violent content."

After his sentence, Lindgren will be on lifetime supervised release. He also was ordered to pay $6,000 restitution to the victims.

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