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Ortner victim wins $500,000 judgment

A 21-year-old man who was the victim of child sexual abuse at the hands of David Ortner has won a $500,000 judgment against Ortner in Clay County District Court.

A 21-year-old man who was the victim of child sexual abuse at the hands of David Ortner has won a $500,000 judgment against Ortner in Clay County District Court.

An attorney representing the victim declined to say whether or not payment toward the judgment has been or will be made.

Meanwhile, a second victim has filed a personal injury lawsuit against Ortner, who recently either pleaded guilty to or was found guilty of more than a dozen counts of criminal sexual conduct involving five children who worked for him at his Moorhead business, D&M Technologies.

The company, which was originally called D&M Computing, also housed D&M Graphics.

The first civil case against Ortner was filed earlier this month by a victim who stated in court papers that he was 9 years old when Ortner began sexually abusing him. He said the abuse lasted for approximately seven years.

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According to papers filed with the court, Ortner, on behalf of D&M Computing, D&M Technologies and D&M Graphics, has admitted liability in the case and the court awarded the victim a judgment of $500,000 for physical injury damages.

Steven Aakre, an attorney who represented the victim, said Friday he was not at liberty to discuss the case or what will happen with the judgment.

The new civil case now pending against Ortner was filed by the parents of a boy who, according to the suit, was 11 years old when Ortner began to sexually abuse him in August 2001.

The suit, which is asking for more than $50,000, claims the abuse continued until February of this year.

Ortner, 54, is still awaiting sentencing in the criminal cases that have been resolved with either guilty pleas or guilty verdicts.

He faces the possibility of more than 30 years in prison.

In pleading guilty in one of the cases to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, Ortner said his business fell into ruin after charges were filed against him this past summer and he was left with nothing but a car and a water bed.

Readers can reach Moorhead Bureau Chief Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555

I'm a reporter and a photographer and sometimes I create videos to go with my stories.

I graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead and in my time with The Forum I have covered a number of beats, from cops and courts to business and education.

I've also written about UFOs, ghosts, dinosaur bones and the planet Pluto.

You may reach me by phone at 701-241-5555, or by email at dolson@forumcomm.com
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