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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Minnesota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Repeat Sex Offender Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Receiving Child Pornography

United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger today announced the sentencing of TERRANCE MICHAEL PICK, 68, for receiving child pornography. PICK, who pleaded guilty on March 23, 2016, was sentenced today before Senior U.S. District Judge Ann D. Montgomery in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minn.

“We are grateful to our partners at the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for helping us investigate this case,” said Assistant United States Attorney Laura M. Provinzino. “Child pornography is a crime that has profound repercussions for the victims throughout their lifetimes. This is a just sentence for a man with a troubling history of harming children.”

“This disturbing case is an example of why investigators must continue to uncover and bring to justice those who would prey on children,” said Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Superintendent Drew Evans. “The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force will continue to identify and investigate predators who would conduct such criminal acts with such vulnerable victims.”

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, PICK had several thousand electronic images and almost 200 videos of child pornography. The search history on PICK’s web browser also included nefarious phrases such as “training them young.”

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, PICK was convicted of second-degree manslaughter in 1974 in Stearns County when he killed a two-year-old child. The child bled to death from internal injuries caused by PICK. On January 20, 1988 PICK was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Wright County for sexually assaulting his 7-year-old niece and her 8-year-old friend.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.  Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and 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 www.justice.gov/psc.

In addition, if you know of any child who may have been a victim of exploitation, please contact the National Center for Missing or Exploited Children (NCMEC) at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or visit NCMEC’s web site at www.missingkids.com.

This case is the result of an investigation led by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, with assistance from the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, the Eden Valley Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura M. Provinzino.

Defendant Information:

TERRANCE MICHAEL PICK, 68
Eden Valley, Minn.

Convicted:
• Receipt of child pornography, 1 count

Sentenced:

• 15 years in prison
• 15 years of supervised release

Topic: 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated July 13, 2016