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Grand Forks Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2012

FARGO - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on April 3, 2012, Darrel Duane Bina, 52, of Grand Forks, N.D., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson to three counts of receipt of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors and one count of possession of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors.

Bina was charged with these offenses after members of the North Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force discovered that Bina was utilizing a P2P network to download child pornography. Pursuant to a search warrant, Bina’s computer was eventually forensically examined and forensics revealed more than 150 video files and 2,900 image files depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The incident occurred during November of 2011 in the District of North Dakota.

The charges of receipt of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors carry a statutory minimum mandatory sentence of five years’ imprisonment and a maximum penalty of 20 years' imprisonment. The charge of possession of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors carries a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment.

The case was investigated by the Grand Forks Police Department, N.D. Bureau of Criminal Investigation and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Klemetsrud Puhl is prosecuting the case.

This case was brought as a part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S.Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.
For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Sentencing for Bina has been scheduled for July 9, 2012, in U.S. District Court in Fargo, N.D., at 2:30 p.m.

 

 

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