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Jamestown man sentenced on child porn charges

A Jamestown man was sentenced to 22 years in federal prison on pornography charges Friday in U.S. District Court in Fargo.

Alexander McManus, 56, will be on supervised release for life after his release from prison. McManus pleaded guilty in June to one count of receiving materials containing child pornography and two counts of possession of materials containing child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney Christopher Myers.

Judge Ralph Erickson also ordered McManus to pay $300 to the crime victims’ fund, as well as $2,500 in restitution to the victim. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Klemetsrud Puhl prosecuted the case.

The case started with a Jamestown Police Department investigation of a complaint from a child who reported McManus had been sexually abusing her since a young age. McManus’ wife reported finding a hidden cellphone behind a refrigerator in their home containing child pornography.

McManus admitted to receiving and possessing child pornography after more evidence on additional media was discovered during a police search of the residence. The Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigations also investigated the case.