Forum staff reports, Published April 11 2013
Fargo man sentenced for possessing child porn
John Robert Ehlen, 30, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Ralph R. Erickson to 13 years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release.
Ehlen was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $6,000 to three separate victims and a $400 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender.
Ehlen pleaded guilty on Dec. 3 to one count of receipt of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors and three counts of possession of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors.
Officers assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force discovered Ehlen had been offering child pornography online. ICAC officers obtained and executed a search warrant for Ehlen’s residence in Fargo and found more than 225,000 images and 570 videos depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Some of the images depict children as young as 1 and 2 years of age.
The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Fargo Police Department.