Keith Edward Baroun Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on March 24, 2010, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, KEITH EDWARD BAROUN, a 34-year-old resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing. BAROUN was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 165 months
- Special Assessment: $100
Restitution: parties are to see if they can reach stipulation, otherwise court will order the amount
- Forfeiture: computer equipment
- Supervised Release: lifetime
BAROUN 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 K. Hurd, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were investigating allegations of child pornography access by users utilizing the peer-to-peer file sharing network. One investigation involved an individual in Billings who had child pornography available to share via a file sharing program beginning in 2008. The computer IP address was tracked to BAROUN'S residence in Billings.
On November 7, 2008, a search warrant was served at the residence and BAROUN was questioned. He admitted that he used the peer-to-peer file sharing program Limewire to receive and possess child pornography videos and images. He also admitted burning some of the images to CDs, but claimed that he planned to use those child pornography CDs to implicate a person with whom he worked that he disliked. However, the person had been fired so BAROUN never had to use the disks.
Agents seized various computer equipment and a subsequent forensic examination revealed images and movies of child pornography that BAROUN had received via the Internet during 2007 through 2008 and continued to possess until the equipment was seized. BAROUN 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 BAROUN will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, BAROUN 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 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Billings 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/.