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Daniel Christopher Coburn Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Friday, June 11, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls on June 10, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, DANIEL CHRISTOPHER COBURN, age 36, formerly of Great Falls, pled guilty to receipt of child pornography. Sentencing has been set for September 30, 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:

In April of 2009, COBURN was sentenced in state court after having been convicted of two counts of incest. During the incest investigation, COBURN was interviewed and admitted that he had viewed child pornography via the Internet on a computer at his mother's house. After the interview, the computer was seized from his mother's house and forensically analyzed.

A forensic examiner located images depicting child pornography on the computer. Records on the computer indicated several websites depicting child pornography were visited as well as a number of Internet searches which were indicative of someone searching for child pornography. The examination concluded the website browsing for child pornography occurred between April 30, 2008, and July 11, 2008.

COBURN faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Great Falls 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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