Grand Rapids man sentenced for child pornography

A Grand Rapids man was sentenced last week to five years in prison for possession of child pornography.

According to a release from the Itasca County Attorney’s Office, 33-year-old Benjamin Basden previously entered guilty pleas to the four counts.

The prosecutor, Itasca County Attorney Matti Adam, asked the court to sentence Basden to the statutory maximum sentence, based on the severity of the offenses and his criminal history, which includes a previous second degree criminal sexual conduct conviction.

Basden will be required to register as a predatory offender and comply with a 10 year conditional release period.

Featured photo: Benjamin Basden, 33. Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Corrections.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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