Grand Forks man gets 12 years for child pornography

Staff reports

On Feb. 23 Mark Alan Lindgren of Grand Forks, N.D., was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Ralph R. Erickson to 12 years imprisonment on charges of distribution of child pornography.

Lindgren, 29, pleaded guilty on August 2, 2011, to distribution of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors and possession of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors.

Lindgren was a member of an encrypted network whereby individuals shared child pornography with one another. Based upon this evidence the FBI executed a search warrant at Lindgren’s residence on the University of North Dakota campus in Grand Forks.

As a result of the search of his residence various electronic media was seized. An analysis of the electronic media revealed more than 35,000 image files and 250 video files of children depicted in sexually explicit activity. Much of the material depicted children engaged in hard-core sexual activity and other violent conduct.

Judge Erickson sentenced Lindgren to 12 years imprisonment, to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release. Lindgren was ordered to pay a $200 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $6,000, to be paid to the victims depicted in the child pornography.

Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Klemetsrud Puhl prosecuted the case.