Forensic examiner shortage delays pornography case

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A shortage of forensic examiners in North Dakota has delayed a court hearing for a man accused of possessing child pornography.

Both the prosecution and the defense told Judge Gary Lee in Minot Wednesday that there are only two forensic examiners in North Dakota who are able to inspect cellphones for meta data in cases such as Robert Kaufman's.

The 32-year-old Minot man is accused of taking photos of naked children. His attorney, Kyle Craig, told the judge he's seeking information about when and where a photo in question was taken and how it was transmitted. Craig told the judge at a November hearing that the children involved have denied Kaufman took their photos.

Lee agreed to delay a hearing to allow more time for the forensic analysis of the phone to be completed.