Former Tri-County Superintendent Arrested on Child Sexual Abuse Material Charges

Former Tri-County School principal and superintendent, Ryan Baron (40), has been arrested and faces five felony charges for possessing child sexual abuse material. Charging documents reveal that Baron had five sexually explicit videos featuring girls aged between 7 and 13.

Baron was apprehended in Hannaford by deputies from the Griggs and Foster County Sheriff’s Offices, along with agents from the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security. The arrest followed a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Baron is scheduled to make his initial court appearance on December 26th.

This is not Baron’s first brush with the law. In 2021, he was arrested for trespassing at Tri-County School in Karlstad while serving as the superintendent of the Ulen-Hitterdal School District. Baron pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined $140. Subsequently, he assumed the position of superintendent at Midkota Public School in Binford, North Dakota, during the summer of 2022.


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