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Fargo Man Sentenced for Child Pornography Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of North Dakota

FARGO - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on April 7, 2014, Aaron James Olson, 34, Fargo, N.D., was sentenced to nine years in prison for receipt and possession of child pornography before U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson.

This case came to the attention of law enforcement after a North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s special agent assigned to the Internet Crimes against Children Task Force discovered a computer geographically located in North Dakota sharing child pornography through a peer-to-peer network. A search warrant was issued for Olson’s residence where officers seized a computer and 37 DVDs collectively containing more than 300 videos of child pornography. Judge Erickson also sentenced Olson to seven years of supervised release and ordered him to pay a $200 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund.

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

Updated February 9, 2015