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Fargo Man Sentenced to Eleven Years in Prison for Distributing and Possessing Child Pornography

September 6, 2012

FARGO - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Sept. 6, 2012, Blaine Denis Campbell, 36, of Fargo, N.D., was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson on charges of distribution of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors and possession of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors.

Judge Erickson sentenced Campbell to 11 years’ imprisonment to be followed by 10 years of supervised release. Campbell was ordered to pay a $200 special assessment to the Crime Victim's Fund.

Campbell pleaded guilty on May 1, 2012, to trafficking images and videos depicting young boys engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The forensic examination of Campbell’s electronic media revealed that he played a role in the production of some of the sexually explicit material found on his computer and other media. Specifically, Campbell would let adolescent boys believe he was a 12-year-old girl while communicating with them on the internet. He even went so far as to send these liked-aged boys pornographic images of a 12-year-old girl whom he represented he was. In return, these young boys would expose themselves sexually to Campbell via the internet.

In total, Campbell possessed approximately 600 images and 24 videos of child pornography involving mostly adolescent-aged boys.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant U.S Attorney Jennifer Klemetsrud Puhl prosecuted 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.
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