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Published August 03, 2011, 06:28 PM

2 Grand Forks Men Plead Guilty in Child Pornography Cases

Two men have pleaded guilty in separate child pornography cases. Mark Lindgren and Richard Waldo Jr., both of Grand Forks, are charged with possession of child pornography.

By: Associated Press,

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Two men have pleaded guilty in separate child pornography cases.

Mark Lindgren, of Grand Forks, is charged with distribution and possession of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors. Authorities say Lindgren possessed more than 35,000 images and 252 videos containing child pornography.

The U.S. attorney's office says investigation of the 28-year-old Lindgren began after an FBI agent downloaded 41 child pornography files from Lindgren's computer via peer-to-peer software.

Richard Waldo Jr., also of Grand Forks, is charged with possession and receipt of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors. Prosecutors say 149 images and 15 videos showing child porn were recovered from Waldo's computer.

Both men face a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a minimum term of 5 years. Sentencing is scheduled Oct. 26.

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