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Published October 18, 2013, 10:48 AM

Former West Fargo mayoral candidate arrested on suspicion of possessing child porn

WEST FARGO – A former mayoral candidate in West Fargo is in the Cass County Jail on suspicion of possessing child pornography, according to West Fargo Police Det. Greg Warren.

WEST FARGO – A former mayoral candidate in West Fargo is in the Cass County Jail on suspicion of possessing child pornography, according to West Fargo Police Det. Greg Warren.

Peter Karl was arrested Thursday afternoon by federal authorities who were assisted by West Fargo Police, according to Warren.

Homeland Security searched Karl’s home earlier in the week, according to Warren, who said Karl was asked to come to the West Fargo Police Department Thursday afternoon and that is where he was arrested.

Warren said Karl is facing a state charge of possessing child pornography and Warren added that he may face federal charges as well.

Karl, who has lived in West Fargo since 2005, received 2 percent of the citywide vote when he ran for mayor in 2010.

He also made an unsuccessful bid for a city commission position in 2012.

Warren said Karl has a child pornography conviction in New York state for which he was given probation.

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