Verndale man sentenced for disseminating child pornography

Charges of possessing pornography involving minors were dismissed.

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WADENA – Nathan J. Roth, age 41, of Verndale, was sentenced June 20 on a conviction of felony disseminating pornographic work involving minors.

There were 12 original charges, but 11 of those charges, related to possessing pornographic work involving a minor, were dismissed, according to Wadena County District Court records. The charges were made back in September of 2017. Roth pleaded guilty to the charge of dissemination in April 2022.

Roth’s sentence includes a stayed sentence of 24 months, for five years. He is on supervised probation until June 20, 2027. He was also fined $1,590.

He was ordered to serve 120 days on house arrest with electronic monitoring. Work release is authorized while on monitoring.

Roth is prohibited from drinking alcohol or using controlled substances. He cannot possess firearms, ammunition or explosives. He is to have no unsupervised contact with minors other than his biological children. He is to register as a convicted sex offender.


Court records state that on June 13 and 14, 2017, the defendant did possess pornographic work on a home computer and that work was disseminated to an adult or minor.

The files were shown to be downloaded to the Roth's computer using undercover investigative software by a special agent with the FBI. Authorities issued a subpoena to the internet provider and that information led them to an account belonging to Roth at a Verndale address. A warrant allowed authorities to search Roth's home in August 2017.

In the search, 259 images and 11 videos were found which represent child pornography, the court files state. Those files were shared with the National Center for Missing and Endangered Children, which reported back that 58 images and three videos contained known, identified child victims. The images and videos contained children mostly from age 5-14 performing or engaged in sexual acts.

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