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Former Powers Lake Man Sentenced for Child Pornography Charge

June 28, 2012

BISMARCK - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on June 28, 2012, Damien Breding, 38, formerly of Powers Lake, N.D., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland on a charge of receipt of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors. Breding pleaded guilty to the charge on January 25, 2012.

Judge Hovland sentenced Breding to serve 27 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Breding was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim's Fund. Breding must register as a sex offender.

The incidents occurred in 2002 at Rough Rider Industries in Bismarck, during the time Breding was incarcerated at the North Dakota State Penitentiary. Breding downloaded from the Internet visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation and North Dakota State Penitentiary.

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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