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Published April 03, 2012, 06:34 PM

GF Man Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - A Grand Forks man has pleaded guilty to possessing and receiving materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors.

By: WDAZ Staff Report, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - A Grand Forks man has pleaded guilty to possessing and receiving materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors.

46-year-old Howard Fjeld pleaded guilty to the charges after members of the International Crimes Against Children Task Force downloaded 26 image files from a computer located in Fjeld's home.

Law enforcement later obtained a search warrant to search Fjeld's home where they seized various electronic media containing more than 1500 images of children, including infants, engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The incident occurred during June 2011.

Fjeld faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for possessing the materials. The other charge, receipt of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors, carries a minimum mandatory sentence of five years in prison and a maximum penalty of 20 years.

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