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Robert Bolan Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on January 19, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, ROBERT BOLAN, a 48-year-old resident of Havre, pled guilty to viewing child pornography. Sentencing has been set for March 31, 2011. 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:

BOLAN was a suspect in a sexual abuse case. In November 2009, BOLAN was interviewed by law enforcement officers and stated that he had child pornography on his computer. He said he obtained them by "surfing" and by searching for "boys links."

A forensic examination of BOLAN's computer found images of child pornography. The last written date range for the images were between December 2006 through March 2009. The examiner also located Internet search terms records indicative of one searching for child pornography such as: very young gay boys; young boys erection galleries; erect

BOLAN faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, the Havre Police Department and the Bozeman Police Department.

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



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