Sections

Weather Forecast

Close
Advertisement

Man gets prison time for child porn

Email Sign up for Breaking News Alerts
news Bemidji, 56619
Bemidji Pioneer
(218) 333-9819 customer support
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

WILLMAR — A Willmar man was sentenced Monday to more than four years in prison for possessing and distributing child pornography.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Stephen Elliot Titrud, 38, of Willmar, was sentenced to 51 months in prison, plus a five-year conditional release period, and $2,000 in fines on two felony charges of possession and dissemination of pornography. Investigators found nearly 4,000 images and videos of child pornography found on his computer equipment.

As part of his sentence handed down by District Judge Donald M. Spilseth in Kandiyohi County District Court, Titrud is also required to register as a predatory offender.

The investigation began in September 2011, when agents from the Internet Crimes Against Children division started an automatic program that trolls a list of suspected Internet protocol addresses for pornography, downloading the images as it finds them.

A video showing child pornography was downloaded via file sharing from an IP address that was ultimately identified as Titrud’s computer, leading to a search of his home and computer equipment.

Advertisement
Forum News Service
The Forum Communications News Service is the premier news wire service covering the Upper Midwest, stretching from the oilfields of western North Dakota to the plains of South Dakota and to the shores of eastern Minnesota. For more information about the services we offer or to discuss content subscriptions, please contact us.
Advertisement
Advertisement
randomness