Randy Earl Blodgett Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on January 11, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, RANDY EARL BLODGETT, a 59-year-old resident of Lewistown, appeared for sentencing. BLODGETT was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 97 months
- Special Assessment: $100
- Supervised Release: 5 years
BLODGETT was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to receipt of child pornography.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cyndee L. Peterson, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Great Falls received a peer-to-peer referral regarding a computer IP address in Lewistown which had files previously identified as containing child pornography available for download between December 20, 2008, and January 30, 2009. The IP address was later tracked to BLODGETT.
On January 30, 2009, ICE agents went to BLODGETT'S residence in Lewistown where he was interviewed. BLODGETT admitted to intentionally downloading child pornography. He also admitted he was in the process of downloading videos containing child pornography during the interview. Agents viewed and photographed the computer screen while it was processing the downloads. BLODGETT'S computer was seized.
A forensic examination of the computers revealed 20 files containing video clips of child pornography. Search terms were discovered which were indicative of someone searching for files containing child pornography.
The images were forwarded to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and one victim was identified. Many of the images contained pre-pubescent children.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that BLODGETT will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, BLODGETT 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 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Lewistown Police Department.
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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.