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North Dakota man sentenced to life in prison for sex trafficking minor

"No one should be forced to live in a world of isolation, servitude and terror," said acting Special Agent in Charge Jamie Holt, of Homeland Security Investigations, St. Paul.

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BISMARCK — A federal judge has sentenced a Rhame, North Dakota, man to life in prison for transporting a minor child with the intent of engaging in sex with a minor.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Traynor also sentenced Douglas J. Schneider, 51, to pay $19,215 in restitution.

An investigation determined that between 2013 and 2018, Schneider sexually abused a child who was between 7 and 10 years old, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The investigation also found that sometime between April and July 2018 Schneider transported the child from North Dakota to Montana with the intent of engaging in unlawful sexual acts.

"This was an egregious case of victimization of a child. The multi-jurisdictional group of law enforcement, local, state, and federal, masterfully developed this case for prosecution,” said U.S. Attorney Nick Chase. "This sentence means this defendant will never victimize a child ever again."

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"No one should be forced to live in a world of isolation, servitude and terror," said acting Special Agent in Charge Jamie Holt, of Homeland Security Investigations, St. Paul.

Schneider worked as a temporary seasonal officer with the Medora Police Department in Medora, North Dakota, from 2010 through 2012, and during the off-season from that job he worked as a deputy for the Adams County Sheriff's Office from January to April 2011, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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