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Forum News Service, Published July 09 2013

Willmar man gets prison time for child porn

WILLMAR, Minn. — A Willmar man was sentenced Monday to more than four years in prison for possessing and distributing child pornography.

Stephen Elliot Titrud, 38, of Willmar, was sentenced to 51 months in prison, plus a five-year conditional release period, and $2,000 in fines on two felony charges of possession and dissemination of pornography. Investigators found nearly 4,000 images and videos of child pornography found on his computer equipment.

As part of his sentence handed down by District Judge Donald M. Spilseth in Kandiyohi County District Court, Titrud is also required to register as a predatory offender.

The investigation began in September 2011, when agents from the Internet Crimes Against Children division started an automatic program that trolls a list of suspected Internet protocol addresses for pornography, downloading the images as it finds them.

A video showing child pornography was downloaded via file sharing from an IP address that was ultimately identified as Titrud’s computer, leading to a search of his home and computer equipment.