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Dave Olson, Published October 18 2013

Former West Fargo mayoral candidate arrested on suspicion of possessing child porn

WEST FARGO – A one-time candidate for mayor of West Fargo was charged Friday in Cass County District Court with 24 felony counts of possessing child pornography.

Peter Karl, 51, was ar-rested Thursday afternoon by federal authorities who were assisted by West Fargo police, said West Fargo Police Detective Greg Warren.

Homeland Security searched Karl’s home ear-lier in the week, according to Warren, who said Karl was asked to come to the West Fargo Police Depart-ment Thursday afternoon and it was there he was taken into custody.

In addition to the state charges, Karl may also be charged in federal court, Warren said.

Karl, who has lived in West Fargo since 2005, received 2 percent of the citywide vote when he ran for mayor in 2010.

He also made an unsuc-cessful bid for a City Com-mission seat in 2012, re-ceiving 13 percent of the vote.

Karl campaigned on a platform that included support for a monorail system connecting West Fargo to Casselton.

Warren said Karl has a child pornography convic-tion in New York state, for which he was given proba-tion.

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