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Gregory Hubert Dirkes

Park Rapids man faces 11 counts of child pornography

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A two-year investigation has resulted in 11 charges of pornography being filed against a Park Rapids man.

Gregory Hubert Dirkes, 45. Was the subject of a lengthy undercover investigation that began in 2008 involving child pornography on various computers allegedly owned by Dirkes.

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He was arraigned on the felonies Tuesday in Becker County Court.

Assistant Becker County Attorney Tammy Merkins said the case took two years to get to court.

"Part of the case involved the forensic analysis of the computers by the BCA and basically that's what took so long," she said. It was a lengthy, tedious process.

Officers initially found 201 pornographic images on an IP address, then executed a search warrant to the ISP provider, which identified Dirkes. Authorities then seized 110 photographic images and 23 videos from computers and hard drives in Dirkes' home.

Bond was set at $100,000 unconditional and $20,000 conditional.

Part of the case involved the forensic analysis of the computers by the BCA and basically that's what took so long. Obviously they were not able to complete that until 2010.

Each of the counts involves Possession of Pornographic Work Involving Minors. Each count carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine upon conviction.

The complaint alleges the IP address assigned to Dirkes was offering to share pornographic files online.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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