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Tuttle man found guilty by jury of sex charges via Internet with Philipines 14-year-old

BISMARCK - A 54-year-old Tuttle, N.D., man was found guilty by a federal jury on Monday after a four-day trial of charges related to his involvement with a 14-year-old girl from the Philippines. Calvin Bernhardt was found guilty of attempted sexu...

 

BISMARCK - A 54-year-old Tuttle, N.D., man was  found guilty by a federal jury on Monday after a four-day trial of charges related to his involvement with a 14-year-old girl from the Philippines.

Calvin Bernhardt was found guilty of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, attempted receipt of materials depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, counterfeit currency, tampering with witness or evidence and attempted travel with intent to engage in sexual acts with a minor.

The North Dakota U.S. attorney’s office said that from about September 2015 to March 2016, Bernhardt enticed the 14-year-old to engage in and produce sexually explicit, sadistic and masochistic images via the internet.

Once Bernhardt became aware of an investigation into his illegal conduct, he contacted the mother of the victim in the Philippines and instructed her to delete any images of himself and the minor on the minor’s cellphone and further instructed her to not talk to United States federal law enforcement officials in the Philippines.

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Communications between Bernhardt and the victim revealed that Bernhardt was attempting to arrange a meeting with the minor in a Philippines hotel with the intent of engaging in sexual acts with her.

Assistant United States Attorney Gary Delorme said their office and the U.S. “will not tolerate this kind of conduct and victimization of children over the internet regardless of where the victim is located.”

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