Man charged with child porn offenses

A 54-year-old Minot man is accused of uploading child pornography to an internet chatroom and of 10 counts of being in possession of child pornography.

Edwin Herba was scheduled to make an initial appearance in district court in Minot on Tuesday. He is charged with one Class A felony carrying a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine and 10 Class C felony counts of possession of child pornography, each count carrying a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court, the crimes took place between Aug. 12 and Oct. 2.

Minot police received a report in September from the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigations Crimes Against Children Task Force that child porn had been uploaded to Chatstop, an internet chat room site. The sexually explicit image depicted a girl between the ages of 12 and 16.

Police obtained a search warrant for Herba’s address and found child pornography images and videos on USB flash drives. The child porn depicted girls between the ages of 1 and 16 and some depicted graphic abuse.

On a laptop computer, investigators found that Herba had visited Facebook pages belonging to high school or college age girls and had named some of the files on the flash drive after the girls. Some of the girls appeared to be from Harrah, Okla., a city where Herba had lived, and some of the girls were friends with Herba’s 18-year-old son on Facebook.

Herba works as a civil service Department of Defense employee at Minot Air Force Base.

– Andrea Johnson

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