Man accused of having explicit images of underage girls

Benjamin Schneider

A 25-year-old man is facing more than a dozen felony charges after police say they found sexually explicit photos of young girls on his computer.

Benjamin Schneider was charged Thursday, Jan. 7, with 15 class C felony counts of possession of prohibited materials after police say they found images of girls as young as 4 to 6 years old while serving a search warrant. He was ordered held on $100,000 bond.

Investigators from the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation searched Schneider’s home on Tuesday, Jan. 5. They found sexually explicit images of at least six girls on a computer, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in Northwest District Court.

Police also said Schneider appeared to admit possessing images of underage girls.

“S/A (Jared) Olson asked Benjamin Schneider if he knew what the search warrant was regarding, to which Mr. Schneider stated, ‘child pornography.’ Mr. Schneider further stated that he has ‘a problem I can’t break.’”

A preliminary hearing on the charges is scheduled for Feb. 3.

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