State funded some trips retired North Dakota GOP state senator Ray Holmberg took to the Czech Republic for sex with a minor

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A retired Republican authorities legislator from North Dakota charged pinch traveling to Prague pinch nan intent of paying for activity pinch a insignificant utilized authorities costs to salary for astatine slightest 3 trips to that metropolis and to different destinations successful Europe.

State Sen. Ray Holmberg, 79, was arrested Monday and released after pleading not blameworthy to nan charges successful U.S. District Court successful Fargo. His proceedings is group for December 5.

Prosecutors said successful a connection that Holmberg, who served for 45 years successful nan chamber, many times traveled to Prague successful nan Czech Republic from June 2011 to November 2016 for nan intent of paying for activity pinch a personification nether 18 years old. 

Travel records from nan North Dakota School Boards Association show that erstwhile authorities legislator Ray Holmberg utilized nationalist backing for trips successful 2011, 2018 and 2019 to Prague successful nan Czech Republic and to different cities, including Amsterdam and Berlin. 

The trips were arranged done nan Germany-based Global Bridges coach speech program, which received backing from nan North Dakota Legislature.

Holmberg traveled pinch teachers doubly and besides connected independent trips wherever he was invited to participate, specified arsenic for a forum, yearly gathering aliases symposium, said Jon Martinson

It´s unclear whether nan alleged behaviour happened during nan publically funded trips. But nan indictment says Holmberg traveled to Prague 'from connected aliases astir June 24, 2011, to connected aliases astir November 1, 2016 ... for nan intent of engaging successful immoderate illicit intersexual conduct.' 

One of nan recreation records for nan funded trips lists a departure day of June 24, 2011, to Prague and different cities.

The North Dakota Legislature gave money to nan authorities Department of Public Instruction, which fundamentally passed it on to Global Bridges to salary for trips for teachers and legislators.

State Rep. Bob Martinson said he picked nan legislators who went connected nan trips, usually a operation of men and women, House and Senate, Democratic and Republican for 'a balanced group of group who were willing successful learning and would each get on together truthful it would not beryllium a governmental trip.'

Holmberg 'established a really bully rapport pinch Global Bridges, and they liked him, and they requested that he spell to those meetings. They wanted him involved,' Martinson said.

His brother, erstwhile Association Executive Director Jon Martinson, was nan task head and participated successful nan action of teachers for nan trips. 

Photos connected Holmberg's Facebook page show him walking passim Europe complete nan past 10 years, including successful Slovakia and France. 

Holmberg traveled pinch teachers doubly and besides connected independent trips wherever he was invited to participate, specified arsenic for a forum, yearly gathering aliases symposium, said Jon Martinson. 

State Sen. Ray Holmberg, 79, was arrested Monday and released aft pleading not blameworthy to nan charges successful U.S. District Court successful Fargo

Prosecutors said successful a connection that Holmberg, who served for 45 years successful nan chamber, many times traveled to Prague successful nan Czech Republic from June 2011 to November 2016 for nan intent of paying for activity pinch a personification nether 18 years old

He said he didn't cognize really galore trips Holmberg took done nan program.

The trips are beneficial for legislators because of nan knowledge they summation connected topics specified arsenic power and world relations, Jon Martinson said.

Bob and Jon Martinson said they didn't cognize of what Holmberg is accused of doing successful Prague.

'My lawyer tells maine don't talk to anyone because I've sewage that criminal thing, truthful I'm pursuing my attorney's advice,' Holmberg told reporters Wednesday.

Bob Martinson called nan allegations raised by nan indictment 'terribly sad.' Holmberg has been a friend for complete 40 years, he said.

The indictment, which besides suggests Holmberg utilized aliases, says he received and attempted to person images that picture kid intersexual maltreatment from November 2012 to March 2013. In bid to solicit images, Holmberg utilized nan othername Sean Evans, reports The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. 

Holmberg served for astir 5 decades until his resignation past year, after  The Forum revealed he exchanged dozens of matter messages pinch a personification who was jailed connected charges related to kid intersexual maltreatment images.

Holmberg is not married. A 1996 floor plan connected him from The Bismarck Tribune calls him a 'single genitor of two.'  

Travel records from nan North Dakota School Boards Association show that erstwhile authorities legislator Ray Holmberg utilized nationalist backing for trips successful 2011, 2018 and 2019 to Prague successful nan Czech Republic and to different cities, including Amsterdam and Berlin 

The indictment comes aft Nicholas James Morgan-Derosier pleaded blameworthy past period successful national tribunal to six counts of possessing images depicting kid intersexual maltreatment and 1 count of receiving and distributing specified images

He chaired nan powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, which writes budgets. 

Holmberg announced successful March 2022 he wouldn´t activity reelection. He cited accent and 'a weakened expertise to ore connected nan matters astatine manus and efficaciously callback events' earlier yet resigning. 

Law enforcement searched his Grand Forks home successful November 2021, seizing video discs and further items.

The indictment comes aft Nicholas James Morgan-Derosier pleaded blameworthy past period successful national tribunal to six counts of possessing images depicting kid intersexual maltreatment and 1 count of receiving and distributing specified images. 

According to The Forum's reporting, Morgan-Derosier was nan personification texting pinch Holmberg from jail.

State Rep. Bob Martinson said he picked nan legislators who went connected nan trips, usually a operation of men and women

Morgan-Derosier is scheduled to beryllium sentenced successful January. A spokesperson for nan 2 national nationalist defenders who represented Morgan-Derosier did not instantly respond to a telephone connection regarding his case.

He took dozens of state-funded trips passim nan U.S. and overseas successful nan past decade, according to legislative recreation records.

Holmberg resigned past year aft The Forum reported connected his dozens of matter messages exchanged pinch a man successful jailhouse astatine nan clip connected charges related to images of kid intersexual abuse.

A authorities sheet connected Thursday voted unanimously to suspend Holmberg´s life school license, intending to revoke it instantly if he pleads blameworthy to aliases is convicted of immoderate complaint based connected nan case's underlying facts, according to nan mobility successful gathering minutes.

Holmberg, who is retired, had a profession pinch Grand Forks Public Schools from 1967 to 2002, including years arsenic a teacher, kid find coordinator and counselor.


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