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Scott Zean Shigley Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls on February 2, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, SCOTT ZEAN SHIGLEY, a 59-year-old resident of Great Falls, pled guilty to viewing and possession of child pornography. Sentencing is set for April 22, 2010. He is currently detained.

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:

On March 23, 2009, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents received a referral indicating a person observed child pornography on SHIGLEY's computer at his residence in Great Falls.

On the same date, an agent interviewed SHIGLEY at his residence. SHIGLEY admitted that he viewed sexually explicit child pornographic images online. He said he used the search term: "little girl models." SHIGLEY stated that he printed out several pictures, which he gave to the agents.

A forensic examination of SHIGLEY's computer and printer revealed over 200 suspected child pornography images in temporary Internet files and deleted temporary Internet files. The images were dated between March 16, 2009, and March 23, 2009. The examiner also located evidence of Internet activity which focused on incest, preteens and/or teen modeling including the search term: "little girl models".

Some of the printed images were child pornography in that they depicted minor girls engaged in sexually explicit conduct, namely the lascivious exhibition of their genitals or pubic area.

SHIGLEY faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 5 years to life supervised release for each count.

The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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



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