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Scott Zean Shigley Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Monday, April 26, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on April 22, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, SCOTT ZEAN SHIGLEY, a 59-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared for sentencing. SHIGLEY was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 72 months
  • Special Assessment: $200
  • Forfeiture: computer and printer
  • Supervised Release: 10 years

SHIGLEY was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to viewing and possession of child pornography.

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.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that SHIGLEY will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, SHIGLEY 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 conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.



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