A Grand Forks man will spend 14-years in prison for possession of child
pornography. Shane Phillip Peterka pled guilty last October to 119 counts of
possession of pornographic videos involving children from ages six to 16. 119
individual children were depicted one separate act of abuse in each video
Judge Richard Geiger emphasized that three different times during Monday
morning's sentencing in Northeast District Court in Grafton.
A psychologist who evaluated Peterka said he was a moderate risk to
reoffend. Doctor Stacey Benson said Peterka has mental abnormalities but
believes he can be successfully treated.
Walsh County State's Attorney Barbara Whelan requested Peterka
serve anywhere between 7.5 years to 12-years in prison and 35-years on
supervised probation. Peterka's attorney Clint Morganstern requested that
whatever incarceration's imposed, Peterka spend five years in jail with the
Geiger said there's some indication Peterka can be successfully
treated and that he's acknowledged his behavior and admits it's wrong. But
Geiger says he won't overlook that 119 individual children were harmed in those
videos Peterka viewed.
So he sentenced Peterka to 14-years in prison and 55-years of supervised
probation. Peterka must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and
enroll in a sex offender treatment program. Peterka gets credit for 305 days
served in the Walsh County Jail in Grafton.
Peterka pleaded guilty by an open plea to 119 counts of child pornography
possession. The open plea meant the judge could impose whatever penalty he
believed as appropriate.
Peterka said in court he was ready to undergo treatment and move on with
Peterka kept the 119 videos on his father's computer in Pisek, ND.
The father did not know the videos were there. They were labelled
"Shane" and were password-protected.