Minot man arrested in child pornography investigation

MINOT, N.D. – A Minot man is in custody after an Internet Crimes Against Children operation led to the discovery of hundreds of images and videos of child pornography.

Prosecutors have charged 54-year-old Edwin Herba with 10 counts of possession of certain materials prohibited and one count of promoting an obscene performance by a minor.

According to a criminal affidavit filed Monday with the courts, the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation relayed a national tip to Minot Police in late September of child pornography uploaded to a chatroom service. A security feature from Microsoft detected the image.

Investigators traced the account to Herba, and a search of his residence revealed laptop computers and flash drives containing hundreds of videos or images depicting child pornography, as well as webcams and televisions.

A search of Herba’s Facebook indicated visits to girls’ Facebook pages. Investigators also found images of girls from another state.

Court records indicate that Herba worked as a civil service employee at Minot Air Force Base.

Herba made his initial appearance Tuesday afternoon. He remains in custody and will appear for his arraignment Jan. 11.