A PEDOPHILE in North Dakota who was convicted of killing 6-year-old twin girls has been indicted by a federal grand jury for possession of child sexual abuse material.
Damien Breding, 45, has pled not guilty to charges of possessing images showing the sexual exploitation of a minor and faces anywhere from 10 to 40 years in federal prison if convicted.
Officials say Breding had been communicating with a person who had traveled around Africa to engage in sexual acts with a minor.
He has also been communicating with a minor and receiving sexual images from them.
"Sexual predators exploit technology to victimize children, and often share the photographic evidence of their heinous crimes," said United States Attorney Drew Wrigley, "these allegations will be pursued vigorously so that justice can be secured for these victims."
According to the US Attorney's Office in North Dakota, Breding "was discovered communicating with a person who was, and had been, traveling to locations in Africa to engage in sexual acts and contacts with a minor" between August 2019 and April 2020.
The Attorney's Office also mentioned Breding's prior conviction as a reason why he would receive a 10-year minimum sentence.
In March 1991, Breding, then 16, was found guilty of murdering 6-year-old twins Jennifer and Jessica Peterson while babysitting them.
The pedophile set their Powers Lake house on fire as they slept, reportedly because he was angry with the twins' parents for failing to pay him promptly enough.
Breding was sentenced to 30 years in prison in 1992 when he turned 18.
In 2002, he was found to have 13 printed pages filled with child sexual abuse material in his cell, adding another 27 months onto his sentence.
The Williston Police Department, North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security Investigation are investigating the case. A trial is set for April 19.
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