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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Sutton, ND Man Sentenced On Multiple Offenses Involving the Production of Child Pornography

Fargo – United States Attorney Christopher C. Myers announced that on July 19, 2018, Chief United States District Court Judge Daniel L. Hovland sentenced Brent Daigle, age 39, Sutton, ND, to serve 70 years in prison, followed by lifetime supervised release for three counts of Sexual Exploitation of Minors and one count of Possession of Materials Involving the Sexual Exploitation of Minors. Daigle was further ordered to pay $400 in special assessments to the Crime Victims’ Fund.

This case came to the attention of law enforcement after a 12-year-old girl reported that Daigle had repeatedly sexually abused her, including video recording such abuse. In the meantime, Daigle fled to Louisiana where he was arrested on state charges involving sexual abuse of the victim. A search of his person revealed a cell phone which contained videos depicting his sexual abuse of the victim.

This case was investigated by the Griggs County Sheriff’s Office; ND Bureau of Investigation; and Homeland Security Investigations.

Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer 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 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.

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Updated July 20, 2018