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Bemidji man sentenced on child porn charges

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji man was sentenced earlier this week to 120 days in jail after police found more than 200 images of child porn on computers, seized in Nov. 2012 from the man's home.

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Michael David Walberg, 49, has five days credit for time served, according to court documents, and was sentenced Monday by Beltrami District Judge John Melbye. A sentence of one year and three months at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility was stayed for five years. Walberg was scheduled to be booked into the Beltrami County Jail on Friday.

Police initially targeted Walberg as part of an investigation into fraudulent money transfers through Western Union, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Beltrami County Attorney's Office.

An investigator with the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office made multiple attempts to speak with Walberg, and eventually obtained a search warrant for the man's home, at 513 Balsam Ridge Road. On Nov. 9, police entered the home and took several computers and an external hard drive for examination. When asked if anything illegal would be found on the devices, Walberg "admitted possessing pornographic images of children under the age of 10," according to the complaint.

Analysis of the computers and the hard drive was completed in February by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The center found 208 images and several videos of child pornography.

Walberg was convicted of four counts of possessing pornographic work involving minors. He was sentenced to 120 days in jail for each count, to be served concurrently according to court document. He must also pay a $500 fine.

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