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Published October 07, 2011, 02:44 PM

West Fargo Man Found Guilty of Sexual Exploitation of Minors

Scott Thomas Boyle of West Fargo, North Dakota, was found guilty by a 12-person jury of sexual exploitation of minors and possession of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors.

FARGO - United States Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on October 6, 2011, Scott Thomas Boyle of West Fargo, North Dakota, was found guilty by a 12-person jury of sexual exploitation of minors and possession of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors.

United States District Court Judge Ralph R. Erickson presided over the three-day trial. Boyle, 39, was found guilty of surreptitiously video-taping two minor girls in the bathtub and while they were playing naked in a bedroom in Boyle’s home.

Boyle can be seen, during the more than 100 minutes of video footage, adjusting the hidden camera in order to take illegal video images of the minor girls.

Boyle was also convicted of possessing still photographs of child pornography depicting the young girl.

The incidents occurred between 2006 and 2010 in the District of North Dakota. Boyle is facing a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years in prison.

The case was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations and the Fargo Police Department.

Sentencing for Boyle has been scheduled for December 19, 2011, in United States District Court in Fargo, North Dakota. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Klemetsrud Puhl is prosecuting the case.

This case was brought as a part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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