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Published May 26 2012

'Disturbing' pictures land Moorhead sex offender back in prison

MOORHEAD – Behind the closed door in the basement of the brick rambler in south Moorhead, the unsettling images were everywhere.

About 100 pictures of young girls were collaged on poster boards on the walls and tables. Some looked to have been cut out of teen magazines and catalogs, and some had cut-outs of male genitals on them. Girls’ faces had been attached to the tops of women’s bodies.

Several images of young girls cut from magazines and catalogs sat on a table in front of a TV playing children’s cartoons. In front of the table was a small pair of children’s underwear propped up in front of a larger image of a clothed young girl.

Four to five pairs of children’s underwear lay on the floor next to the table.

On a wall were images of what appeared to be elementary school-age children, apparently photographed at a school.

And standing inside the door when his probation officer and two Moorhead police officers arrived on Jan. 20 was registered sex offender Nathan Peter Lund, according to an affidavit filed in Clay County District Court.

Lund’s probation officer had obtained a probation arrest warrant after reports that the 48-year-old had repeated unsupervised contact with teenage girls.

After his arrest, Moorhead police obtained a search warrant for the house in the 1500 block of Sixth Street South near the Concordia College campus.

Lt. Tory Jacobson said despite the “disturbing” images found in the basement room, police determined they didn’t constitute a crime.

“It’s very strange, but it’s up to probation to see if that’s a violation somehow,” he said.

Lund had been working as a temporary substitute paraprofessional at a Twin Cities metro-area middle school when he was charged in November 2005 with second-degree criminal sexual conduct. A seventh-grader reported Lund inappropriately touched her while she was in the room he was supervising, according to an unpublished opinion by the Minnesota Court of Appeals, which upheld Lund’s conviction in 2008.

Lund was granted a stay of imposition of sentence and didn’t serve any prison time, instead being ordered to 25 years of supervised probation. He also had to register as a sex offender.

After his arrest on Jan. 20, a judge revoked his probation and sentenced him to 21 months in prison, which he’s now serving in Faribault.

He must serve two-thirds of the time behind bars, and he received credit for 121 days previously served, according to prison officials and court records.

His anticipated release date is Dec. 3.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528