CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Grommesh avoids jail in child pornography case

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – A Moorhead man was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days of electronic home monitoring and seven years of supervised release after pleading guilty to child pornography charges. Twenty-one-year-old Garrett Grommesh earlier pleaded guilty to one count of distributing child pornography and 3 counts of possessing child pornography.  As part of a plea agreement, seven other charges were…

South Dakota Supreme Court may unseal investigation of T. Denny Sanford

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Supreme Court is weighing whether to unseal a search warrant and affidavits in an investigation into billionaire banker-turned-philanthropist T. Denny Sanford for possible possession of child pornography. The court documents are sealed and refer only to “an implicated individual.” Attorneys did not name Sanford as they made their arguments to the court Tuesday. However, one…

Idaho child porn suspect may have victims in North Dakota

FARGO (KVRR) – An Idaho man accused of sexually exploiting children and producing child porn in Alaska, could have additional victims in North Dakota or Idaho. That’s according to the FBI. According to federal court documents, 39-year-old Christopher Panagiotou-Scigliano made a minor engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing child porn. The man has been indicted in…

Grommesh signs plea agreement, will be sentenced in September

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – A Moorhead man facing child pornography charges has signed a plea agreement. According to court documents, 21-year-old Garrett Grommesh has pleaded guilty to one count of distributing child pornography and 3 counts of possessing child pornography. All other charges will be dropped. The plea agreement calls for Grommesh to serve 90 days of electronic home monitoring…

Attorneys negotiating plea deal for Grommesh, trial canceled

Garrett GrommeshMOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – Prosecutors and defense attorneys are negotiating a possible plea agreement for Garrett Grommesh, the Moorhead man charged with possessing and distributing child pornography. Grommesh is facing 10 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of disseminating child pornography. Clay County Attorney Brian Melton tells KVRR that Grommesh’s June 29 trial has been canceled…

Grommesh pleads ‘not guilty’ to child porn charges

Garrett GrommeshMOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – A Moorhead man known for appearing on a network TV show as a child has pleaded “not guilty” to charges related to child pornography. Twenty-year-old Garrett Grommesh is charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of disseminating child pornography. Grommesh made a court appearance Thursday afternoon during a conference call….

Man sentenced to 14 years for possessing child porn, impersonating officer

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – A Carson, N.D. man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for possessing child pornography and impersonating a federal officer. U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley says 41-year-old Robert James Zeller was also ordered to serve 5 years of supervised release. Wrigley says in 2018, while Zeller was on supervised release for committing a prior sex offense,…

Fargo man convicted of child porn charges wants early prison release

Robert Scheiring  FARGO (KVRR) – A Fargo man who pleaded guilty to possessing and distributing child pornography is asking for an early prison release because of COVID-19 concerns. Robert Scheiring was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison.  He is scheduled to be released in 2022. In a letter to 8th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Judge Ralph Erickson, Scheiring…

Moorhead man known for appearing on network TV show accused of possessing child pornography

Garrett GrommeshMOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – A Moorhead man who was 10 years old when he was featured on a network television show about home makeovers has been charged with possession of child pornography. Captain Deric Swenson says Moorhead police began investigating 20 year-old Garrett Grommesh last year after the Minnesota BCA received a tip from the National Center for Missing…

Thief River Falls man pleads guilty to child pornography charges

Roggenbuck's sentencing will be at a later date.

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn.–A Thief River Falls man has plead guilty to two counts of production and attempted production of child pornograpahy. According to the guilty plea, 38-year-old Benjamin Joseph Roggenbuck used or attempted to use two prepubescent minor children to produce sexually explicit conduct between November 2012 and February 2020. Additionaly, Roggenbuck admitted to possessing and distributing child pornography….