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Dustin Muscha convicted of child porn charges after losing phone at Carrie Underwood concert

Muscha pleaded guilty to creating child porn videos featuring prepubescent children.
Muscha pleaded guilty to creating child porn videos featuring prepubescent children.

Moorhead resident Dustin Muscha now faces up to 80 years in prison, but he might still be a free man if he hadn't lost his phone at a Carrie Underwood concert in Fargo last September.

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Muscha's phone, misplaced during the September 29 concert at the Fargodome, was returned to an area Sprint store. A manager scanned its files in hopes of figuring out who owned it and ended up discovering a child pornography video. He then contacted police.

According to a release from the District of North Dakota U.S. Attorney's Office, pornographic videos found on Muscha's phone featured a six-year-old girl and two other children under the age of four. After tracing the phone to Muscha and obtaining search warrants, authorities found "additional child pornography material" in a South Fargo storage unit rented by Muscha.

"Through further investigation by BCI and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), it was discovered that Muscha created the child pornography videos involving the prepubescent children between March of 2009 and September of 2012 in both Fargo and Moorhead," the U.S. Attorney's Office release reads.

Earlier this week, Muscha, 32, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of minors and two counts of possession of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors. His sentencing is scheduled for late August.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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