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Jon Arnold Chaussee Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Friday, May 22, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Helena, on May 21, 2009, before Senior U.S. District Judge Justin L. Quackenbush, JON ARNOLD CHAUSSEE, a 50-year-old resident of Missoula, appeared for sentencing. CHAUSSEE was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 24 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Forfeiture: computer equipment
  • Supervised Release: 10 years

CHAUSSEE was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to 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:

In July 2007, the Missoula Police Department was advised that a computer belonging to CHAUSSEE had been brought to a local computer store for repair. While backing up the information on the computer, the computer technician found a video containing child pornography. A search warrant for the computer was issued and the computer seized. Found during forensic examination were a large amount of child pornography videos containing prepubescent children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

When questioned, CHAUSSEE first blamed an unknown family member, but then admitted that he had received the images and movies of child pornography via the internet and his home computer. Forensic evidence also shows that CHAUSSEE burned some of the movies to a CD from the computer prior to having it taken in for repairs.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that CHAUSSEE will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, CHAUSSEE 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 Missoula Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Department of Justice launched 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



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