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Rayne Allen Wolery Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Helena on December 10, 2009, before Senior U.S. District Judge Charles C. Lovell, RAYNE ALLEN WOLERY, a 30-year-old resident of Belgrade, pled guilty to attempted sexual exploitation of children. Sentencing is set for March 18, 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 June of 2009, a Montana mother contacted law enforcement with concerns that WOLERY, age 30, had been corresponding with her daughter via Facebook. WOLERY had met the 14-year-old girl briefly in a chance encounter at a marina near Helena, then looked her up on Facebook and contacted her. WOLERY'S conversations quickly turned sexual and law enforcement became involved. With permission, law enforcement in Helena took over the girl's identity and WOLERY continued the contact via computer and the Internet. In the ensuing conversations, WOLERY sent the "girl" pictures of his naked penis and asked her to show them to another of her friends. In addition, WOLERY instructed the "girl" and her friend to take sexually explicit photographs of themselves and send them to him via the Internet.

WOLERY was arrested and a search warrant was served on his residence in Belgrade. Seized were a desktop computer and Nokia phone that WOLERY had used to communicate with the "girl."

When questioned, WOLERY admitted sending the pictures of himself, which are obscene because he believed he was sending them to a 14-year-old girl and her 14-year-old friend. He also admitted that he directed the two "girls" to take sexually explicit pictures of themselves and send them to him via the Internet. He could not open the corrupt files that were actually sent by law enforcement in response to his request.

WOLERY faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison and could be sentenced to 30 years, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision .

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

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



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