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Grand Forks man pleads guilty to possession of child pornography

Noah Owen-Fain Risinger, 20, is charged with 10 class B felony counts of promoting a sexual performance by a minor.

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GRAND FORKS — A Grand Forks man has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.

Noah Owen-Fain Risinger, 20, is charged with 10 class B felony counts of promoting a sexual performance by a minor, the maximum that can be charged.

According to court documents, Grand Forks Police Officer Caitlin Stromberg was following up on two CyberTipline Reports from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Prior to her involvement, the case was being investigated by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NDBCI), finding Risinger was a suspect in the reports.

Risinger was found to have sent files to another user via private chat from Oct. 1, 2021, to Oct. 2, 2021. Contents of a Kik account belonging to Risinger included six images and 12 videos believed to be depicting child pornography. Special Agent Dan Heidbreder with the NDBCI also obtained the contents of Risinger’s Twitter account, which was found to have two files of “apparent child pornography” according to court documents. The NCMEC received another report on Nov. 18, 2021, of a reported 20 file uploads of “apparent child pornography” from a Kik messenger account registered to an email belonging to Risinger.

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A search warrant was served for Risinger’s electronic devices capable of storing images and videos on Feb. 7, 2022. Risinger admitted to sharing images and videos of child pornography to Stromberg the day the warrant was served.

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Risinger was arraigned May 4 and is next scheduled to appear in court for sentencing on Nov. 28. If convicted, he could face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

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