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Forum staff reports, Published June 25 2009

Prosecutor seeks to jail child porn suspect

A federal judge denied a motion Wednesday by a prosecutor seeking detention for a former Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota manager charged with possessing and distributing child pornography.

Agents examining computers and electronic storage devices seized last month from Robert Scheiring, a Fargo man, have found more than 600,000 images and videos of child pornography, most involving young girls, said Jennifer Puhl, assistant U.S. attorney.

“It’s very egregious conduct that’s depicted in these images, and there’s a lot of it,” she argued. “We’re talking about very young children,” many of whom are shown being raped.

Scheiring has been released with conditions including home monitoring since his arrest in May. His defense lawyer, Steve Light, noted that Scheiring has not violated his release conditions, and poses no greater risk than the day they were imposed.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Klein, who denied the government’s motion, will continue the hearing Friday to allow psychological testimony by the defense.