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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of North Dakota

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Fargo Man Sentenced to 9 ½ Years for Possession of Sexually Explicit Materials Involving Minors

FARGO - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on May 21, 2014, Jared Tyler Allen, 28, Fargo, N.D., was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson to 9 ½ years for receipt and possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of minors. Allen was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised release, ordered to pay $1000 in restitution and a $200 special assessment to the Crime Victims Fund.

This case came to the attention of law enforcement after an agent with the North Dakota Bureau of Investigations, assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, discovered a computer geographically located in North Dakota that was sharing child pornography in a peer-to-peer (P2P) network.

Homeland Security Investigators eventually traced the computer to Allen’s apartment located in South Fargo where task force officers seized two computers, including the computer that was previously seen with child pornography on the P2P network. A subsequent forensic examination of the two computers revealed more than 3,400 images and 175 videos depicting child pornography.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and the Fargo Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Klemetsrud Puhl 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 the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, 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.

Updated February 9, 2015