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Man gets 30 years after lost cellphone containing child porn is found

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A Moorhead man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexually molesting and taking pornographic videos of little girls, Forum Communications reports. His crimes in Minnesota and North Dakota were discovered after he lost his cellphone – containing child porn – at a Carrie Underwood concert in September 2012.

Someone found the phone of Dustin Muscha, 33, and turned it in to a Sprint retailer in South Fargo, which discovered the porn and notified police. Investigators said they also found other porn in Muscha's possession, including videos and photos of young girls between 2 and 6 years old.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Fargo in June said Muscha created pornography videos involving children between March of 2009 and September of 2012 in both Fargo and Moorhead.

His phone and other electronics in Muscha’s storage unit contained more than 500 pornographic photos and 13 videos that showed him sexually molesting girls, in each case, when the children were in his care, Forum reports. WDAY in Fargo reports that the girls were daughter of former girlfriends.

"If I could go back in time I would. I have a problem," Muscha told the court, WDAY reported.

Muscha had faced up to 80 years in prison, but a deal was struck in which he agreed to plead guilty in exchange for the 30-year sentence.

Family members of the victims wanted a longer sentence. Several family members offered emotional testimony in court before the sentencing, Forum reported.

“She sleeps with her light on and she cries in her sleep,” a mother said. “It’s unjust to allow him to walk after 30 years. He killed a part of everyone involved in this case.”

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