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Judge orders man convicted in child porn case to pay restitution

FARGO -- A federal judge here has ordered a man convicted of possessing child pornography to pay restitution to a victim depicted in the material. It's the first such order in North Dakota since new guidelines were set earlier this year for deter...

FARGO - A federal judge here has ordered a man convicted of possessing child pornography to pay restitution to a victim depicted in the material.
It’s the first such order in North Dakota since new guidelines were set earlier this year for determining restitution for victims of child pornography, though it’s not the first time a federal judge here has ordered restitution in a child porn case.
Robert Carey Evans, 58, of Waukesha, Wis., was convicted by a federal jury on Oct. 25 on 14 counts of possession of child porn. In February, Evans was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Erickson last week ordered Evans to pay his victim $3,250 after she submitted a claim for her losses. He’s one of nearly 500 offenders who have been ordered to pay restitution to the victim, who was 10 and 11 years old when her molester recorded the sexual abuse of her.
U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon said authorities began investigating Evans after a North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation agent found two computers in the state sharing child pornography via a peer-to-peer network.
Officers raided Evans’ apartment in Fargo and found more than 13 hard drives and 43 DVDs containing more than 22,000 images and nearly 1,400 videos of child porn.
Damages for the victim, who found out in 2006 that her images were being traded online, are at least $1.3 million, her lawyers claim. A brief filed by a federal prosecutor states the restitution covers future counseling, education and vocation counseling, lost earnings, attorney’s fees and forensic evaluations and supporting records.

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