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Tacee Sue Swapp Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Friday, May 27, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on May 27, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, TACEE SUE SWAPP, a 29-year-old resident of Missoula, appeared for sentencing. SWAPP was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 24 months

Special Assessment: $200

Supervised Release: 5 years

SWAPP was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to possession of child pornography and transportation of obscene matters.

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:

A Missoula Police Department detective investigated computer users sharing child pornography files over the Internet. In December 2009, he found that SWAPP had been downloading files depicting images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct and stories vividly describing the sexual abuse of children and other indecent subjects over the Internet. She used the Google search engine and the file sharing program LimeWire.

She admitted to seeking out the items, stating that her intent was to find images of father figures acting authoritatively over others. She stated the best way to find these father figures was to look for child pornography because the age discrepancy is so obvious. She also stated she knew it was wrong to have such images in her possession. The incest stories were received between April and November 2009, and the files depicting child pornography were created and possessed between April and December 2009.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that SWAPP will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, SWAPP 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 a cooperative effort between the Missoula Police Department, the Missoula County Sheriff's Office and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.



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