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Jamie Brock Grubb Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Friday, September 24, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on September 23, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, JAMIE BROCK GRUBB, a 22-year-old resident of Bozeman, pled guilty to receipt of child pornography. Sentencing has been set for January 6, 2011. 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:

U.S. Homeland Security Investigations agents were investigating allegations of child pornography access by users utilizing the peer-to-peer file sharing network. One investigation involved a person in Bozeman who had child pornography available to share via a file sharing program beginning in 2009. A taskforce detective in Illinois downloaded numerous images of child pornography from the computer belonging to GRUBB in January, 2009. An FBI agent in Billings also downloaded numerous child pornography images and movies from GRUBB on three different occasions in February, 2009. FBI Agents obtained a federal search warrant for GRUBB's residence in Bozeman, which was served on May 6, 2009.

When questioned, GRUBB 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.

Agents seized various computer equipment at GRUBB's residence. Subsequent forensic examination revealed hundreds of images and movies of child pornography that GRUBB had received via the Internet during 2008 and 2009 and continued to possess until the equipment was seized. GRUBB possessed images and movies of children clearly prepubescent and children engaged in sadistic or masochistic abuse or other depictions of violence.

GRUBB 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 U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.



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