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Patrick Springer, Published May 12 2009

Former Blue Cross Blue Shield executive charged with child porn

Robert Scheiring led federal agents last week to the garage of his south Fargo home, where he had hidden a hard drive containing lewd photographs of prepubescent girls.

Earlier that day, the agents showed up at his office at Blue Cross Blue Shield North Dakota, where he acknowledged that he had “a lot” of child pornography, according to court documents.

Scheiring resigned his position the next day as an assistant vice president at the insurance company. His arrest warrant was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Fargo for a charge of possessing child pornography.

The 42-year-old father of three, a native of Winnipeg, used the screen name “deelite” on a computer site that swapped images with other members, including a photograph he uploaded last September involving a young girl.

Prosecutors pressed for Scheiring’s detention, arguing that the Canadian citizen presents a risk to the community and failure to make his court appearances.

The government agreed, however, to allow Scheiring to be placed on home monitoring, once that option is available, but urged that he remain in jail until that protection became open.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen granted Scheiring’s release pending trial, with electronic monitoring devices and certain conditions, including restricting his travel to the Fargo-Moorhead area and prohibiting the use of a computer or cell phone.

Scheiring joined Blue Cross Blue Shield as an assistant vice president of actuarial services almost two years ago. Earlier he had been director of actuarial internal audit at MetLife in New York.

“We accepted his resignation May 7,” the day after agents questioned Scheiring in his office, spokeswoman Denise Kolpack of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota said Monday. “We have and will continue to cooperate fully with the federal authorities.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Patrick Springer at (701) 241-5522