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North Dakota couple charged with exploiting 6 kids to make child porn

The case was investigated by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Ward County Sheriff’s Office, North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, North Dakota Human Trafficking Task Force, and Homeland Security Investigations.

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BISMARCK — A Minot man and a Velva woman who had a romantic relationship will face sentencing on charges of using six children to make and distribute child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in North Dakota.

A federal jury found Derrick Stephen Walker, 46, of Minot, guilty on six counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. Those counts involved six separate minor victims identified as “John Doe One, Age One”; “John Doe Two, Age Three”; “John Doe Three, Age Six”; “John Doe Four, Age One”; and “Jane Doe One” and “Jane Doe Two, both Age One,” prosecutors said.

Specifically, Walker was found guilty of aiding and abetting his co-defendant, Katie Heidinger of Velva, in producing images and videos that depicted the sexual exploitation of the minors.

An investigation found that Heidinger and Walker were in a romantic relationship and that Heidinger made and distributed the videos and images over the internet at Walker’s request, according to prosecutors. The victims were not random and were known to Heidinger and Walker.

Like Walker, Heidinger faces six counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. She pleaded guilty to those counts in June 2020, and is set for sentencing on March 16.

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Along with the six counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, Walker was also found guilty of receiving images depicting the sexual exploitation of minors. His sentencing date has not been set.

The case was investigated by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Ward County Sheriff’s Office, North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, North Dakota Human Trafficking Task Force, and Homeland Security Investigations.

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