ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Hettinger man arrested on child pornography charges

Timothy Smith, 47, of Hettinger, was recently arrested by the Adams County Sheriff's Office on child pornography related charges.

Timothy Smith
Timothy Smith is pictured.
Contributed / Southwest Multi-County Correctional Center

HETTINGER, N.D. — A southwestern North Dakota man faces 14 counts of promoting or directing an obscene performance by a minor. The Adams County Sheriff’s office executed an arrest warrant for Timothy Smith, 47, of Hettinger, on April 22.

In an April 24 press release, Adams County Sheriff Jordan Fisher stated his office received a tip from the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI). This tip alleged that Smith sent or received digital content depicting juvenile males in a sexually explicit nature.

Fisher then ordered his detective to immediately begin surveillance of Smith in order to identify him, confirm his whereabouts and track the man’s movements.

In conjunction with a BCI special agent, Adams County deputies obtained a search warrant and entered the residence of 410 Nineth St. S. in Hettinger, at which time the home was searched and evidence was collected. Smith was taken into custody on an unrelated arrest warrant and subsequently transported to Dickinson to await trial.

During a phone conversation with The Dickinson Press on Thursday, Adams County State’s Attorney Aaron Roseland said Smith allegedly did this on a social media messaging app called Kik.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Essentially it was stemming from an alert from the application Kik. Based on that information a search warrant was issued, in which the materials were found and linked to Mr. Smith's IP address,” Roseland said, explaining that he couldn’t give further details. “An examination of the confiscated electronics is ongoing. Therefore, we don’t want to go into too much detail yet.”

Fisher also made a point to thank other agencies that assisted in the apprehension, which included the Bowman Police Department and North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Smith was being held at the Southwest Multi-County Correctional Center in Dickinson, where he appeared virtually for a bond hearing with Judge Rhonda Ehlis on Wednesday. Fisher noted that Smith is innocent until proven guilty, and said no further comment would be provided as the investigation continues.

Jason O’Day is a University of Iowa graduate, with Bachelor’s Degrees in Journalism and Political Science. Before moving to Dickinson in September of 2021, he was a general news reporter at the Creston News Advertiser in southwest Iowa. He was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa. With a passion for the outdoors and his Catholic faith, he’s loving life on the Western Edge. His reporting focuses on Stark County government and surrounding rural communities.
What To Read Next
State lawmakers hear from both sides as parents and educators weigh in on the potential impact of the bill
“We see that when things happen in the coastal areas, a few years later, they start trending toward the Midwest,” said Rep. Ben Krohmer, serving his first term in the House.
Stark County prosecutors prepare for pretrial conferences and jury trials scheduled for March
The investigation is ongoing.