Jeremy Curtis Peterson 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 Helena, on December 11, 2009, before Senior U.S. District Judge Charles C. Lovell, JEREMY CURTIS PETERSON, a 31-year-old resident of Helena, appeared for sentencing. PETERSON was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 60 months
- Special Assessment: $100
- Supervised Release: lifetime
PETERSON was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to receipt of child pornography.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) were investigating allegations of child pornography access by users utilizing the peer-to-peer file sharing network.
In 2008, one investigation involved an individual in Helena who had child pornography available to share via a file sharing program. The computer IP address was tracked to a residence in Helena.
On January 23, 2009, agents served a search warrant on the residence where they spoke with PETERSON. When questioned, PETERSON admitted that he used the peer-to-peer file sharing program Limewire to receive and possess hundreds of child pornography videos and images.
Agents seized various computer equipment and a subsequent forensic examination revealed hundreds of images and movies of child pornography that PETERSON had received via the Internet during 2007 through 2009 and continued to possess until the equipment was seized. PETERSON possessed images and movies of children clearly prepubescent and children engaged in sadistic or masochistic abuse or other depictions of violence.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that PETERSON will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, PETERSON does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for "good behavior." However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Helena Police Department, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.