BISMARCK – U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on April 23, 2014, Erik E. Cryderman, 47, Bismarck, N.D., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland on a charge of possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of minors. Cryderman pleaded guilty to the charge on Jan. 21, 2014.
Judge Hovland sentenced Cryderman to serve the minimum mandatory 10 years in federal prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release. Cryderman was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund. Cryderman must register as a sex offender.
On March 7, 2012, Cryderman was in possession of visual depictions which showed minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
This investigation was conducted by the North Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and was a cooperative effort of Homeland Security Investigations, the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and the North Dakota Parole & Probation Office.
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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Delorme prosecuted the case.