Grand Marais man sentenced to jail on child pornography charges

A Grand Marais man who pleaded guilty in October of 2012 to child pornography charges has been sentenced to prison.

According to U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles, Jr., Roger Harrison White has been sentenced to 63 months in federal prison on possession of child pornography.

White, 70, will also serve five years of supervised release following his stay in prison.  U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell also ordered White to pay a $300 fine and a $100 special assessment.  White is required to register as a sex offender.

White previously had a brief subscription to a child pornography website in 2008.  Further investigation led to a search of his computer and CD’s; the search ultimately revealed White had downloaded and stored thousands of images and videos of child pornography from the Internet over several years.

This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office, county prosecutor’s offices, Internet Crimes Against Children task force (ICAC), federal, state, and local law enforcement are working closely together to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children. The partners in Project Safe Childhood work to educate local communities about the dangers of online child exploitation, and to teach children how to protect themselves.