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Bismarck man sentenced in child pornography case

A Bismarck man will serve 15 years in a federal prison for receipt of child pornography, according to a press release.

Steve Paul, 59, pleaded guilty to the charge Oct. 23. Judge Danial Hovland ordered the mandatory minimum sentence to be followed by 20 years of supervised release. Paul is also required to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund.

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This is not Paul’s fist conviction, according to the release. He was also convicted for possession of child pornography after admitting he was accessing the Internet to download it.

April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, as the news editor. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.