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Forum News Service, Published August 02 2013

Bemidji man sentenced on child porn charge

BEMIDJI, Minn. - A Bemidji man was sentenced this week to 120 days in jail after police found more than 200 images of child porn on computers, seized last November from the man's home.

Michael David Walberg, 49, has five days credit for time served, according to court documents, and was sentenced Monday by Beltrami District Judge John Melbye. A sentence of one year and three months at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility was stayed for five years. Walberg was scheduled to be booked into the Beltrami County Jail on Friday.

Police initially targeted Walberg as part of an investigation into fraudulent money transfers through Western Union, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Beltrami County Attorney's Office.

On Nov. 9, police executing a search warrant entered his home and took several computers and an external hard drive for examination. Walberg “admitted possessing pornographic images of children under the age of 10,” according to the complaint.

An analysis completed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found 208 images and several videos of child pornography.

Walberg was convicted of four counts of possessing pornographic work involving minors.