Jeremiah Wiberg Re-sentenced in U.S. District Cour
Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings, on April 3, 2009, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, JEREMIAH WIBERG, a 26-year-old resident of Roseville, Minnesota, and Billings, appeared for re-sentencing. WIBERG was re-sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 148 months
- Special Assessment: $100
- Supervised Release: 15 years
WIBERG was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to receipt and possession of child pornography.
In an Offer of Proof filed by the United States, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On October 2, 2005, a woman residing in Billings reported to the Billings Police Department that she had discovered child pornography on her home computer. She believed that her new boyfriend, WIBERG, was responsible for the images.
The woman reported that on the evening of October 1, 2005, she was at work and left WIBERG at her residence watching her children while she was working. WIBERG and her two minor children were the only persons present at her residence that evening. She repeatedly attempted to call home and was unable to get through due to a busy signal. Upon returning from work, the woman noticed that new files were visible on the computer's desktop but that she was unable to view them. When attempting to open the files, the woman received a message that something was disconnected. She observed a USB storage device lying next to the monitor, so she plugged it into her computer and then saw images of child pornography.
The woman turned the storage device over to the Billings Police Department and it was later forensically analyzed. Found were images of child pornography that had been received via the Internet and saved on October 1, 2005, during the evening hours when WIBERG was the only adult at the residence. Also found were images of WIBERG, wherein he appeared to be on vacation at another time and location.
When questioned, WIBERG admitted that the USB storage device was his, but denied any knowledge of the child pornography images. Shortly after being questioned by law enforcement, WIBERG left Billings. He was later located in Minnesota, where he was residing temporarily in an apartment with a man who owned a computer. A short time after WIBERG moved in, the computer was turned in to law enforcement because the owner found child pornography images located on that computer under a folder labeled "Jeremiah."
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that WIBERG will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, WIBERG 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 Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.