Oberon Man Sentenced to 30 Years Imprisonment on Child Pornography Charges

Sep 13, 2007, 01:00 ET from U.S. Department of Justice

    FARGO, N.D., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Steven Bruce Cartier,
 47, of Oberon, North Dakota, was sentenced today to 30 years imprisonment
 by United States District Court Judge Rodney S. Webb.
 
     Cartier's sentence follows his guilty plea in April 2007 to one count
 of sexual exploitation of minors, one count of possession of materials
 involving the sexual exploitation of minors, eight counts of receipt of
 materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors, one count of making
 false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements, and a forfeiture charge. The
 incidents occurred from January 2000 through April 2006 in North Dakota.
 
     "Steven Cartier sexually exploited so many children by possessing these
 graphically pornographic photos, just as he sexually exploited the
 nine-year-old girl he physically victimized, exploited, and raped as part
 of this case, said U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley of the District of South
 Dakota. "The young faces and the sad eyes of the victims stare out from
 approximately one million images -- it's haunting." Drew continued, "The
 United States requested a sentence that would have placed Steven Cartier in
 federal prison for the remainder of his natural life, as we believe was
 warranted under the federal sentencing provisions. Considering that Steven
 Cartier is 47 years old, today's 30-year sentence approaches that important
 objective and informs others that the gloves are off."
 
     On April 13, 2006, the FBI executed a search warrant for Cartier's
 residence. They seized thirteen hard drives, two thumb drives, video tapes,
 and approximately 150 compact discs. During the execution of the search
 warrant Cartier admitted to having previously downloaded child pornography
 involving prepubescent children.
 
     Subsequently Cartier's electronic media was examined by the FBI
 computer forensic examiner in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The forensic
 examination revealed approximately one million images of children involved
 in sexually explicit conduct and more than 4,000 video files of the same
 activity. Also found among Cartier's collection was a video recording of
 defendant engaging in sexual activity with a prepubescent girl. Upon
 further investigation the child depicted in the video was identified. It
 was determined that the child was approximately nine years old when the
 video was produced. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Puhl prosecuted the
 case, which was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
 
     This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February
 2006
     Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales created Project Safe Childhood, a
 nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation
 and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices, Project Safe
 Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate,
 apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet,
 as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about
 Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
 
 
 
 

SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice
    FARGO, N.D., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Steven Bruce Cartier,
 47, of Oberon, North Dakota, was sentenced today to 30 years imprisonment
 by United States District Court Judge Rodney S. Webb.
 
     Cartier's sentence follows his guilty plea in April 2007 to one count
 of sexual exploitation of minors, one count of possession of materials
 involving the sexual exploitation of minors, eight counts of receipt of
 materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors, one count of making
 false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements, and a forfeiture charge. The
 incidents occurred from January 2000 through April 2006 in North Dakota.
 
     "Steven Cartier sexually exploited so many children by possessing these
 graphically pornographic photos, just as he sexually exploited the
 nine-year-old girl he physically victimized, exploited, and raped as part
 of this case, said U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley of the District of South
 Dakota. "The young faces and the sad eyes of the victims stare out from
 approximately one million images -- it's haunting." Drew continued, "The
 United States requested a sentence that would have placed Steven Cartier in
 federal prison for the remainder of his natural life, as we believe was
 warranted under the federal sentencing provisions. Considering that Steven
 Cartier is 47 years old, today's 30-year sentence approaches that important
 objective and informs others that the gloves are off."
 
     On April 13, 2006, the FBI executed a search warrant for Cartier's
 residence. They seized thirteen hard drives, two thumb drives, video tapes,
 and approximately 150 compact discs. During the execution of the search
 warrant Cartier admitted to having previously downloaded child pornography
 involving prepubescent children.
 
     Subsequently Cartier's electronic media was examined by the FBI
 computer forensic examiner in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The forensic
 examination revealed approximately one million images of children involved
 in sexually explicit conduct and more than 4,000 video files of the same
 activity. Also found among Cartier's collection was a video recording of
 defendant engaging in sexual activity with a prepubescent girl. Upon
 further investigation the child depicted in the video was identified. It
 was determined that the child was approximately nine years old when the
 video was produced. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Puhl prosecuted the
 case, which was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
 
     This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February
 2006
     Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales created Project Safe Childhood, a
 nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation
 and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices, Project Safe
 Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate,
 apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet,
 as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about
 Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
 
 
 
 SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice