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William Scott Paisley Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Helena, on February 12, 2009, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, WILLIAM SCOTT PAISLEY, a 54-year-old resident of Babb, appeared for sentencing. PAISLEY was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 12 months and 1 day
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 3 years

PAISLEY was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to receipt of obscene material.

In an Offer of Proof filed by the United States, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

The FBI received a referral alleging that PAISLEY, a band teacher at West Yellowstone High School, had used a school computer to access child pornography websites. The school's computer filtering program logged his access, which was reported to the school's information technology administrator.

A forensic examination was conducted of PAISLEY'S computer which found a small number of images of child pornography, older children posed in a lascivious exhibition of their genital areas. The images had been received via the Internet, an interactive computer service. When questioned, PAISLEY admitted that he had been viewing the pornography via the Internet and his school computer. He admitted that he had downloaded some of the images to floppy disks but that he had destroyed those disks in his wood stove after being caught. The activity occurred between 2005 and March 2007.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that PAISLEY will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, PAISLEY does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for "good behavior." However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd prosecuted the case for the United States.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.



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