Trial of former North Dakota lawmaker charged with child sex crimes is delayed

March 8, 2024

BISMARCK, N.D.–A judge has granted a request by the defense team for former state Senator Ray Holmberg (pictured) to delay his federal trial on international sex trafficking charges.

Attorney Mark Friese says they made the request because of new computer evidence that the defense needs time to review. He adds that the evidence came to them prior to the revelation earlier this week that the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation was able to recover some of former Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s state emails. Friese says the request has nothing to do with those developments.

Friese says the U.S. Attorney’s Office did not object to the continuance.

Holmberg, a Grand Forks Republican, who is accused of traveling overseas to have sex with underage boys, was scheduled to go to trial April 29 in U.S. District Court in Fargo.

Holmberg’s new trial date is Sept. 9.