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What began as a cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children resulted in the arrest of a man who reportedly had nearly 200 child pornography images and videos.

Bismarck Police arrested Craig Raymond Dwelle, 50, of Bismarck, on Friday. He has been charged with two counts of possession of certain materials prohibited and one count of attempted promotion of obscenity to minors, all felonies.

According to court documents, on Feb. 27, a Bismarck Police officer received a cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which said Dwelle had received an image of apparent child porn from another user on Facebook.

Police executed a search warrant on April 5 and seized Dwelle's computer and cell phone. Dwelle allegedly admitted to police he had viewed child porn.

According to police, a search of his cell phone found about 50 images of sexual conduct of children, ranging from about 3 to 12 years old. His Google account had 26 illegal videos and 118 illegal images, dating back to April 2015. A search of his Facebook account turned up a three-way conversation with a minor, to whom he sent an inappropriate photo.

On Friday, Dwelle allegedly admitted to police that he received and possessed images of child porn.

In court on Friday, a judge set his bond at $25,000.

(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)

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