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Casey John Vervick Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula on April 13, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, CASEY JOHN VERVICK, a 31-year-old resident of Missoula, pled guilty to receipt of child pornography. Sentencing has been set for July 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:

The Missoula County Sheriff's Office received a referral regarding a computer in Missoula County having child pornography files available. A detective obtained a search warrant for VERVICK's residence in Missoula and seized a computer from that residence on June 25, 2009.

A forensic examiner determined the computer contained 34 files of child pornography videos. Some of the child pornography videos portray pre-pubescent children and violence. The videos were received/downloaded via the Internet to that computer between May 26, 2009, and June 17, 2009.

During the search, VERVICK was interviewed and admitted to downloading and viewing files containing child pornography. He told the detectives the search terms he utilized to find the child pornography videos on LimeWire (a file sharing program).

VERVICK faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 20 years, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Missoula County Sheriff's Office, the Missoula Police Department and the 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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