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05/01/2017

56 YEAR-OLD ROBERT C. TRUEBLOOD OF FAIRMONT, PASTOR AT ST. JAMES LUTHERAN CHURCH AND SUPERINTENDENT OF THE ST. JAMES LUTHERAN SCHOOL OF NORTHROP IS FACING A FELONY CHARGE OF POSSESSING PORNOGRAPHIC WORK-ON A COMPUTER INVOKING A MINOR KNOWING ITS CONTENTS AND CHARACTER.

ACCORDING TO THE CRIMINAL COMPLAINT ON MARCH 7TH THIS YEAR-CHATSTEP-AN INTERNET CHAT ROOM SERVICE REPORTED AN UPLOADED PHOTOGRAPH TO THEIR SITE THAT WAS DETERMINED TO BE CONSISTENT WITH CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. THIS INFORMATION WAS PASSED ALONG TO THE BUREAU OF CRIMINAL APPREHENSION INTERNET CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN (ICAC) UNIT. A SPECIAL AGENT OF THE B C A WAS ASSIGNED TO GO UNDERCOVER IN SEARCH OF THE PARTY WHO ALLEGEDLY PROVIDED THE PHOTO. THE AGENT WAS ABLE TO TRACE THE USER NAME AND IP ADDRESS THROUGH FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS TO THE OFFICE OF ST. JAMES LUTHERAN CHURCH AND SCHOOL IN NORTHROP AND EVENTUALLY TO REV. ROBERT C. TRUEBLOOD.

ON APRIL 27TH HIS COMPUTER WAS CONFISCATED AND EXAMINED BY BUREAU AGENTS AND THE PRELIMINARY REPORT DISCLOSED PORNOGRAPHIC WORKS DEPICTING CHILDREN UNDER 18. ROBERT TRUEBLOOD WAS QUESTIONED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT AND ADMITTED THAT CONVERSATIONS HE HAD WITH THE UNDERCOVER AGENT WERE CONVERSATIONS THAT HE WAS ENGAGED IN AND THEY WERE ACCURATE. TRUEBLOOD FACES A MAXIMUM PENALTY IF CONVICTED OF 5 YEARS IN JAIL / 5,000 DOLLAR FINE OR BOTH ACCORDING THE LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT.

AN OMNIBUS HEARING IS SET FOR JUNE 12TH.


ROD HALVORSEN
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