- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A Ward County prosecutor is upset that a child pornography suspect is being allowed to email his mother from jail.

A condition of Isaac Twitchell’s bond forbids him from using electronic devices or accessing the internet. But he hasn’t posted bond and remains behind bars at the Heart of America Correctional Center in Rugby, from where he has emailed his mother a couple of times a week.

“It seems awful silly that if he had made bond he would have been prohibited from (using a computer), but because he’s in custody … it’s a free-for-all,” said Assistant State’s Attorney Marie Miller.

On Tuesday, Miller asked Judge Todd Cresap to prohibit Twitchell from accessing the internet. Cresap said he doesn’t have the authority to “micromanage” the jail and that he doubts Twitchell is being given unauthorized internet access.

Jail Administrator Mike Graner told the Minot Daily News (https://bit.ly/2b61xlP ) that no inmates are given unrestricted access to the internet at the lock-up that houses more than 100 inmates from across North Dakota. They are allowed to send or receive emails for 25 cents a message.

“We do not have picture mail set up,” Graner said. “They cannot surf the web and cannot download images. (It is) simply ingoing and outgoing messages.”

Twitchell pleaded guilty to four felony child pornography counts in March and faces up to 20 years in prison when he’s sentenced Friday.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com


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