Ian Arthur Phillips Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula on June 4, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, IAN ARTHUR PHILLIPS, a 22-year-old resident of Bozeman, pled guilty to receipt of child pornography. Sentencing has been set for September 23, 2010. He is currently released on special conditions.
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 a person in Bozeman, later identified as PHILLIPS, who had child pornography via a file sharing program available to share beginning in 2009. When questioned by law enforcement, PHILLIPS admitted that he used the peer-to-peer file sharing program Limewire to receive and possess hundreds of child pornography videos and images. He detailed the search terms he used to find child pornography on Limewire and how he saved it to various computers.
A forensic examination of computer equipment seized at PHILLIPS' residence revealed hundreds of images and movies of child pornography that PHILLIPS had received via the Internet during 2008 and continued to possess until the equipment was seized. PHILLIPS received images and movies of children clearly prepubescent and children engaged in sadistic or masochistic abuse or other depictions of violence.
PHILLIPS 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 Gallatin County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.