North Dakota sheriff’s deputy arrested, accused of possessing child pornography

Michael John Hull, 24, is scheduled for a bond hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

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RAMSEY COUNTY, N.D. — A Ramsey County sheriff’s deputy was arrested Thursday, Jan. 12, on child porn possession charges.

On Nov. 11, 2022, the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation received a tip from Google that Michael John Hull, 24, had uploaded child pornography to Google Drive, according to an affidavit in the case. Upon investigation, BCI found 249 child pornography images, according to the affidavit.

According to a news release from the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, Hull has been placed on administrative leave, pending the conclusion of the investigation.

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He was arrested after a search warrant was conducted on his residence in Devils Lake.

No additional images were initially found on Hull’s seized electronic devices, according to the affadavit. However, the affidavit says he was in group chats with names that are "associated with child pornography."


Possession of certain materials prohibited is a Class C felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Hull is scheduled for a bond hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Sav Kelly joined the Grand Forks Herald in August 2022.

Kelly covers public safety, including local crime and the courts system.

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