BOISE MAN GETS 84 MONTHS FOR POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Randall Dee Rasband, 53, of Boise, Idaho, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Boise to 84 months in federal prison for possessing sexually explicit images of minors, U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson announced. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Rasband to pay a $7,500 fine. He will also be required to serve 10 years of supervised release following his prison term and must participate in a sex offender treatment program.
The court scheduled a restitution hearing for Rasband on April 20, 2011, at the Federal Courthouse in Boise.
At his November 1, 2010, plea hearing, Rasband admitted to searching for and viewing pornography on the Internet for more than ten years. As part of his plea, Rasband agreed to forfeit to the government all items used in the commission of his crime, including a computer and two monitors.
In April 2006, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Cyber Crimes Center began investigating a criminal organization operating a commercial child pornography website. The investigation found that Rasband had purchased memberships to several websites known to be selling child pornography. As a result, HSI agents conducted a consent search of Rasband’s residence in Boise. Forensic investigators found thousands of images and videos containing sexually explicit images of minors, including 219 sexually explicit images of 27 individually identified minor victims from the United States, Italy, Germany, France, Australia, Switzerland, England, Sweden, Netherlands, Paraguay, Belgium, Brazil and Austria. In addition, agents found at least 25 sexually explicit videos of prepubescent minors.
“Another child predator who victimizes innocent children through the viewing of child pornography has been taken off the streets,” said Leigh Winchell, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations for the Pacific Northwest. “Today’s sentencing serves as a powerful reminder that those who commit this type of crime do, in fact, face serious consequences.”
The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
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