Dickinson ND Man Sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography
BISMARCK - U. S. attorney Christopher C. Myers announced that on March 21, 2016, Eric Schrum, 38, Dickinson, ND, was sentenced before U. S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland to serve 13 years 8 months in prison for Possession of Materials Involving the Sexual Exploitation of Minors. Judge Hovland further ordered Schrum to serve 10 years of supervised release, pay $850 in restitution, and also pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victims’ Fund.
From about Jan. 1, 2011, through about Dec. 20, 2013, Schrum knowingly possessed images containing minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. According to evidence that was seized, Schrum had amassed a collection of over 70,815 images and videos during this time.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, ND Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Dickinson Police Department, Southwest Drug Task Force, and the Stark County Sheriff’s Office.
Assistant U. S. Attorney Gary Delorme prosecuted the case
This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices throughout the nation, Project Safe Childhood, in conjunction with Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), help federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies enhance their investigative responses to offenders who use the Internet, online communications systems, or computer technology to sexually exploit children. The ICAC Program is a national network of 61 coordinated task forces engaging in proactive investigations, forensic investigations, and criminal prosecutions. Project Safe Childhood also helps to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.