BISMARCK, N.D. — A former North Dakota state senator who resigned following a report that he traded scores of text messages with a man jailed on child pornography charges says he was unable to return his state-owned laptop and iPad because they were seized by law enforcement.
Ray Holmberg, North Dakota’s longest-serving state senator, resigned June 1.
He turned in his parking pass and an electronic key card but not the state-owned electronics.
Law enforcement searched Holmberg’s Grand Forks condominium on Nov. 17.
The search came about three months after Holmberg exchanged 72 text messages with Nicholas James Morgan-Derosier, who was in jail.