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Man facing Alaska child porn charge may have victims in North Dakota, FBI says

The Alaska U.S. Attorney's Office said Christopher Panagiotou-Scigliano arranged for several children he groomed and abused in Idaho to visit his Alaska farm, where he forced them to perform sexual acts on camera, court docs allege.

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Christopher Panagiotou-Scilgliano

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Idaho man facing federal prosecution in Alaska for allegedly producing child pornography may have victimized youth in North Dakota, according to the FBI.

Christopher Panagiotou-Scigliano, 39, was indicted July 22 in Anchorage on a federal count of sexual exploitation of children-production of child pornography. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alaska alleged he forced children to perform sexual acts on camera in Haines, Alaska, according to a news release.

“The FBI has reason to believe that there may be additional victims, particularly in Idaho and/or North Dakota,” the U.S. Attorney's Office in North Dakota said in an email sent Monday, Aug. 9.

A spokesperson for the North Dakota office declined to provide further details on whether it would seek charges against Panagiotou-Scigliano, how many children could be involved and what parts of North Dakota he was in at what times.

The Alaska office said Panagiotou-Scigliano moved in 2015 from Idaho to a farm in Haines. He then arranged for several children he groomed and abused in Idaho to visit the farm, prosecutors alleged. A memorandum filed in federal court described continued grooming in Alaska, including convincing the children to sleep naked with him.

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Law enforcement found sexually explicit images and videos of the children, as well as child pornography that was downloaded from the internet, according to the news release.

The indictment alleged he created child pornography in February 2019. He was arrested July 23 in Boundary County, Idaho, and has since been extradited to Alaska.

If convicted, Panagiotou-Scigliano could face up to 30 years in prison.

April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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