BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

Man sentenced to five years for child porn possession

A 25-year-old Minot man will serve five years in prison for possession of child pornography.

Nicholas Wilson pleaded guilty on Wednesday in district court in Minot to three Class C felony counts of possession of child porn. The state agreed to dismiss seven other C felony child porn possession counts as part of a plea deal.

Judge Gary Lee sentenced Wilson to five years on one count and a suspended five-year sentence on each of the other felony counts. Wilson will be on probation for three years following his release from prison and must register as a sex offender. He must complete sex offender treatment in prison as a condition of his release.

Ward County Assistant State’s Attorney Caitlyn Pierson told the judge that the state recommended a lighter sentence for Wilson because he admitted guilt fairly early and there were other extenuating circumstances. The state has recommended consecutive sentences in some child porn cases.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Minot police received a tip in March from the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigations Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which had initially received it from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

A sexually explicit image depicting five boys between the ages of 10 and 14 was uploaded to Skype on Jan. 22 from an account matching Wilson’s.

Police obtained a search warrant for Wilson’s phone and found 45 images of child pornography, along with six videos.

Wilson was an active duty member of the U.S. Air Force at the time of his arrest.

– Andrea Johnson

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