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Associated Press, Published May 28 2009

ND man enters pleas on child porn charges

ABERDEEN, S.D. - A former North Dakota man has pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity to 25 counts of possession of child pornography and to a charge of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor.

Officials say that during a February Internet chat, 52-year-old Robert Kolding of Aberdeen allegedly sent images to a person he thought was a teenager. Prosecutors say it was an out-of-state undercover agent, who contacted authorities.

Officials say Kolding tried to arrange a meeting with the person, leading to the attempted sexual exploitation charge.

Prosecutors say Kolding has out-of-state felonies on his record, including solicitation of a child to engage in sexual contact and failure to register as a sex offender. He grew up in Larimore, N.D.

A jury trial will be scheduled.

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