Mountain Home Man Pleads Guilty to Child Exploitation Offense
BOISE – James William Carr, IV, 23, of Mountain Home, Idaho, pled guilty in United States District Court today to possession of sexually explicit images of a minor, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.
According to the plea agreement, in April 2012, an Elmore County woman reported to the Boise Police Department that Carr was texting sexually provocative messages to her 14-year-old daughter. Detectives investigated the claim and, with the mother's permission, assumed the child's identity and continued the text conversation. During the chats that followed, Carr sent “her” sexually explicit images of himself and close-up images of the genitals of another juvenile female. Carr repeatedly asked the “minor” to send him images of her bare private parts. The investigators contacted Carr at his place of employment, a fast food restaurant in Mountain Home, and seized his cell phone. A forensic examiner later found 35 images of another minor female (not the 14-year-old) on the phone, in which the girl was either fully clothed or in various states of undress, including full frontal nudity, and 14 close-up images of the minor female's genitals and pubic area.
The charge of possession of sexually explicit images of minors is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to lifetime supervised release.
Sentencing is set for October 29, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Boise.
The case was investigated by the Boise Police Department and the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, with assistance from the Idaho Department of Correction.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”
Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a collaborative effort by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and communities to prevent and deter gun violence.