Child pornography case against former UND prof moves to federal court


GRAND FORKS — Child pornography charges against a former UND aviation professor have been transferred from state to federal court.

Eric Hewitt Basile, 37, was charged with eight Class C felony counts of possession of certain materials prohibited in Grand Forks District Court on Sept. 8 after a UND administration request for a computer search revealed multiple images of children between 1 and 3 years old being sexually assaulted.

In November, charges in Grand Forks County District Court were dismissed and federal charges were leveled against Basile in the U.S. District Court of North Dakota’s Eastern Division, court records show. Basile has been charged with one count of receipt and distribution of materials containing child pornography and three counts of possession of materials containing child pornography.


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