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Associated Press, Published February 28 2012

Emerado man sentenced on child porn charges

FARGO — The U.S. Attorney's office says a 52-year-old Emerado man has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison on child pornography charges.

Clifford Sweeney pleaded guilty in December to possession and distribution of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors.

U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon says Sweeney uploaded child pornography to an adult pornographic website, which reported the uploads to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The center referred the lead to the North Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and authorities through a search warrant seized electronic media from Sweeney's residence.

Prosecutors say the media had hundreds of images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Sweeney was also ordered to a lifetime of supervised release.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.