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U.S. Attorney Wrigley Announces a Bismarck, ND, Man was sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Cyberstalking and Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

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

Bismarck – United States Attorney Drew Wrigley announced that Curtis James McGarvey, Age 52 of Bismarck, ND, has been sentenced to serve 20 years in prison for Cyberstalking and Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. McGarvey pled guilty to the offenses on March 9th, 2020, and was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Daniel Hovland on June 23, 2020. Judge Hovland further sentenced McGarvey to 10 years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $4,892.71 in restitution to the Victims’ Family.

"The defendant targeted and exploited the child victim," said US Attorney Drew Wrigley, "and his efforts to dehumanize and humiliate her stopped today with this sentence, a just result to punish this defendant and deter others."

From September 2016 until January 2017, and again from January 2018 until April 2018, McGarvey persuaded, induced, enticed, and coerced a minor female victim, who was 16 years of age, to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing and distributing visual depictions of such conduct. Also, during that same period, McGarvey harassed and intimidated the minor victim, using an interactive computer service and electronic communications services and systems, causing substantial emotional distress. More specific, McGarvey secretly recorded the minor female victim entering and exiting the shower in her home, changing clothes in a residence, and converting parts of the videos into still images of the victim. McGarvey then used the images to harass and taunt the minor female victim by anonymously sending them to others, including his own minor and adult children, using the fraudulent emails and social media accounts he developed after stealing her personal information from her home and cell phone.

This case was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations, North Dakota Bureau of Investigation, Burleigh County States Attorney’s Office, and the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Gary Delorme

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Terry W. Van Horn 701-297-7458

Updated June 23, 2020