Former State Senator Indicted on Child Sex Abuse Charges

A former North Dakota Republican state senator pleaded not guilty to federal child sex abuse charges on Monday — months after the lawmaker resigned following a report revealing he allegedly texted a man in jail for possessing child pornography.

Ray Holmberg, 79, one of the nation’s longest-serving state senators, faces charges in U.S. District Court in Fargo for traveling to Europe with the intent of paying for sex with a minor and receipt and attempted receipt of child pornography, according to the Department of Justice.

Court documents allege Holmberg traveled from North Dakota to Prague, Czech Republic, from June 2011 through November 2016 for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts with a minor. The indictment also suggests Holmberg received material depicting a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct from November 2012 to March 2013.

Mark Friese, attorney for Holmberg, told The Associated Press in a text message that authorities investigated his client “for 2 years or more and allege nothing recent. The conduct they allege is from more than a decade ago.” (Read more from “Former State Senator Indicted on Child Sex Abuse Charges” HERE)

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