WILLISTON, N.D. — A Williston man convicted of killing twin girls when he was 16 and downloading sexually explicit images of children when he was in prison when he was 28 has again been accused of receiving and possessing child pornography.

North Dakota federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment on Thursday, Feb. 11, for Damien Breding, 45. He's expected to go to trial on April 19 and could face up to 40 years in prison if convicted.

Breding has pleaded not guilty to two counts, one for receipt and one for possession of child porn.

Investigators discovered Breding was in contact from April 2019 to April 2020 with a person who traveled to Africa to have sex with children, U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley said in a news release Thursday, Feb. 11. Two of Breding's phones and a memory card were confiscated after investigators learned he was in possession of child sexual abuse images and had been speaking with a minor "with whom he had received images depicting the minor engaging in sexual conduct," prosecutors alleged.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in North Dakota did not name the person who traveled to Africa.

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Breding was previously convicted of killing twin 6-year-old girls he babysat, Jennifer and Jessica Peterson, in 1991, according to the North Dakota Sex Offender Registry database. He set the girls' Powers Lake, N.D., home ablaze while the twins were inside.

He received a 30-year sentence in 1992, when he was 18. The prosecution stemmed out of Burke County District Court in northwestern North Dakota.

He also was convicted in 2012 in federal court on a receiving child porn charge while serving that prison sentence in 2002. A corrections officer found 13 pages of pornography in his cell, with several images depicting children, according to the sex offender registry.

He downloaded the images while working at a prison manufacturing operation called Roughrider Industries, the Associated Press reported.

He received 27 months on the federal charge.