East Grand Forks man charged with seven counts of child pornography possession

Each count has a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

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GRAND FORKS — An East Grand Forks man has been arrested and charged with seven counts of felony child pornography possession, as well as one count of felony controlled substance possession, according to a press release from the East Grand Forks Police Department.

The release said a search warrant was drafted on Sept. 12 after an Aug. 4 cybertip reported suspected child pornography at David Detwiler’s residence.

At approximately 7:20 a.m. Sept. 13, EGFPD initiated a traffic stop on Detwiler’s vehicle. Detwiler was taken into custody based on an Aug. 12 warrant for his arrest, which was issued after he failed to appear for a probation violation hearing, the release said. Detwiler was brought to the Northwest Regional Correctional Center in Crookston.

Police said Detwiler refused to make a statement and requested an attorney. He gave EGFPD the code to enter his garage so they could execute their search warrant.

During the search, Detective Sgt. Tony Hart was notified that the contents from Detwiler’s cell phone, which had been seized upon his arrest, had finished downloading. Upon reviewing a portion of the contents, Hart identified several obvious child pornography videos and images, according to an affidavit filed in the case. According to the police report, further analysis of the download will take additional time.


The Polk County Attorney’s Office charged Detwiler with seven counts of felony possession of child pornography with a minor under 14. Each count has a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. Detwiler was also charged with one count of felony fifth degree possession of a controlled substance, which has a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

The EGFPD press release states they will not be releasing any other details on the investigation at this time.

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