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Cando Man Pleads Guilty and Sentenced for Possessing and Receiving Child Pornography

August 29, 2012

FARGO - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Aug. 29, 2012, Jay Daniel Hoover, 28, of Cando, N.D., was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson on one charge of possession of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors and one charge of receipt of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors.

Judge Erickson sentenced Hoover to eight years’ imprisonment to be followed by ten years of supervised release. Hoover was ordered to pay a $200 special assessment to the Crime Victim's Fund.

On October 13, 2011, a search warrant was obtained and executed for Hoover’s residence located at 609 9th Avenue in Cando, N.D. During the search, Hoover was interviewed by law enforcement and admitted to downloading and viewing child pornography on the internet from his computer. Law enforcement seized various electronic media containing child pornography.

Eventually, the electronic media was forensically examined by the N.D. Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The forensic examination revealed more than 850 video files and 350 image files depicting children engaged ins sexually explicit conduct.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations and the N.D. 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 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

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Klemetsrud Puhl prosecuted the case.



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