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Ryan Christopher White Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings on December 1, 2009, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, RYAN CHRISTOPHER WHITE, a 22-year-old resident of Billings, pled guilty to possession of child pornography. Sentencing is set for March 5, 2010. He is currently detained.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

In 2006, at age 18, WHITE was convicted in Plentywood of sexual intercourse without consent for having sex with a 13-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl. WHITE, a Level 2 registered sex offender, received a suspended sentence and was on supervision with the Department of Corrections in Billings.

On September 23, 2009, when confronted by his probation officer regarding a threatening text message he had sent to another person, WHITE admitted that he had pornographic images on his cellular telephone. Found were 34 images of child pornography, including images of toddlers and infants and children engaged in sexually explicit conduct and in sexual activity with adult males. The images traveled in interstate or foreign commerce via the Internet and/or cellular telephone.

WHITE faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to 20 years, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Billings Police Department, the Montana Department of Corrections and the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Regional Computer Forensic Lab.

A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.



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