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Forum News Service, Published March 25 2014

Ex-airman pleads guilty to child porn charges

GRAND FORKS - A former airman and civilian contractor at Grand Forks Air Force Base who was caught last summer with child pornography on his home computer pleaded guilty Tuesday in state district court.

Jonathan Carper, 25, pleaded guilty to seven felony counts of possessing videos showing victims as young as 7 being sexually assaulted by men. Each count carries a possible sentence of up to five years in prison.

His sentencing is scheduled for April 23.

Carper was an airman at Beale Air Force Base north of Sacramento, Calif., before being stationed at the Grand Forks base several years ago, then taking a civilian contracting job at the base.

Carper remains living in the area, out on $7,500 bond, said his attorney, Tyler Morrow.

Carper was arrested June 25 after an investigation that began in 2012 when federal and state child porn experts picked up indications that a computer in Grand Forks had downloaded porn using a common “peer-to-peer” service that facilitates the trading and collecting of child porn via the Internet.

Forensic experts tracked the Internet address to Carper’s computer and concluded, remotely, that the computer had downloaded illegal files.