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Mandan Man Sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography

May 7, 2012

BISMARCK - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on May 7, 2012, Eric C. Rambough, 41, of Mandan, N.D., pleaded guilty and was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland on a charge of possession of materials depicting the sexual exploitation of minors.

Judge Hovland sentenced Rambough to seven years in federal prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release. Rambough was also ordered to register as a sex offender and to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund.

In November 2010 Rambough was found in possession of three videos which depicted child pornography on his cellular phone. The videos were discovered on Rambough’s cellular phone by a member of the household. The videos appeared to have been surreptitiously taken from a hidden compartment in the family bathroom.

The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security Homeland Security Investigations, Mandan Police Department, Morton County State’s Attorney’s Office and North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

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 United States 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, please visit

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Delorme prosecuted the case.




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