Wisconsin man ordered to pay restitution to child porn victim in North Dakota
A Wisconsin native living in Fargo, N.D., recently became the first person in that state ordered to pay restitution to a child pornography victim, following a United States Supreme Court decision this year about child porn restitution.
Robert Carey Evans, 58, of Waukesha, was ordered by a district judge on Aug. 21 to pay $3,250 to a victim who appeared in child pornography he possessed, according to a release from the United States Attorney's Office District of North Dakota.
This order is in accordance with Paroline vs. United States, a Supreme Court decision from April that says child porn possessors can be held liable for losses caused by trading a victim's image. The decision held that district courts can order restitution to victims for the circulation of child pornography.
Evans was found guilty of 14 counts of child pornography possession in October 2013, and sentenced to 10 years in prison in February. Investigators had seized more than 13 hard drives and 43 DVDs containing child porn from his Fargo apartment, featuring more than 22,000 images and 1,400 videos, according to the release.
After Evans' conviction, one of his victims submitted a claim for restitution for losses she incurred from Evans' images of her.
She was the only one of Evans' victims to file for restitution under Paroline vs. United States, according to Jennifer Puhl, a prosecutor in the case.