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Lance Jeffrey Young Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on June 30, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, LANCE JEFFREY YOUNG, a 22-year-old resident of Missoula, appeared for sentencing. YOUNG was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 24 months

Special Assessment: $100

Forfeiture: laptop computer

Supervised Release: 5 years

YOUNG was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to possession of child pornography.

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:

As part of a Montana Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigation, the Missoula County Sheriff's Office received a referral that an IP address in Missoula had child pornography files available for download. They determined the subscriber and residence of the IP address, and a search warrant was obtained for the residence in Missoula.

The subscriber was YOUNG's roommate. Officers served the search warrant in February of 2010, and seized a computer. During an interview, YOUNG admitted he used the computer and LimeWire on the dates/times in the search warrant to download images of child pornography at his residence as well as his prior Missoula residence. YOUNG said he received at least 15 to 20 different videos. He also admitted he watched each one approximately 5-10 times.

In April of 2010, the computer was forensically examined and it was determined the computer was registered to owner: Lance Young. YOUNG's last logon was February 11, 2010 and LimeWire was installed on the system. Twenty-five child pornography videos were found. The files were created between January 18, 2008, and November 21, 2009. Also located were LimeWire search terms, Internet browsing activity, and Google search terms indicative of a user who was seeking child pornography.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that YOUNG will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, YOUNG 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 Montana Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, the Missoula County Sheriff's Office, the Missoula Police Department and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.



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