Bismarck, North Dakota (AP) —Grand Forks police and federal investigators confiscated videodiscs and other items from the home of the longest-serving state senator in North Dakota. Transactiond text message score With a man imprisoned for child pornography.
Police detectives from the Grand Forks and two Homeland Security special agents searched the Reyholmberg mansion on November 17, according to police reports obtained by the Associated Press.
“I’m not talking to anyone,” Holmberg, 79, called AP and asked his lawyer, Mark Frize.
Frize, a prominent North Dakota lawyer, said he had never seen an investigation warrant and was having a hard time getting information from state and federal authorities about why clients were being investigated.
Republican Holmberg, who has become one of the state’s most powerful lawmakers in his 46-year career, announced last month that he would resign on June 1. His term is expected to end on November 30, and he has already announced in March. Citing stress and “weakening the ability to focus on the problem at hand and remember events effectively,” that would be his last.
Police reports did not indicate the reason for the issuance of the investigation warrant. It was about three months after Holmberg exchanged 72 text messages with Nicholas James Morgan Delois when Morgan Delois was held at Grand Forks County Prison.
Prosecutors allege that Morgan Delossier owned thousands of images and videos depicting sexually abused children. He has also been accused of sexually abusing two children under the age of 10 from Minnesota to his home in Grand Forks.
State accusations against Morgan-Derosier have been superseded by federal accusations, including possession and distribution of child pornography, and travel intended to engage in illegal sexual activity.
Police reported that Holmberg witnessed a search for his home, which came five days after a special session of parliament in Bismarck. Holmberg played an important role in legally reorganizing and diverting federal coronavirus aid.
In addition to confiscating CDRs and DVDRs in the nightstand drawers of Holmberg’s condo bedrooms, “several other items have been confiscated by officers and put into evidence,” the report said. The report did not identify any additional items.
The newspaper reported that two federal agents and a Grand Forks police detective who searched Holmberg’s house also investigated Morgan Delossier.