Travis Patrick Malone Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on July 6, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, TRAVIS PATRICK MALONE, a 36-year-old resident of Bozeman, appeared for sentencing. MALONE was sentenced to a term of:
Prison: 60 months
Special Assessment: $100
Forfeiture: computer & equipment
Supervised Release: 10 years
MALONE was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to receipt of child pornography.
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:
In June of 2010, the Bozeman Police Department retrieved a backpack from a citizen who found it in the alley behind some businesses on Main Street in Bozeman. The backpack contained two laptop computers, two thumbdrives, an Ipod and other miscellaneous items. No identifying information was found inside the backpack, nor on the Ipod. When one of the thumbdrives was viewed, a detective immediately saw child pornography images and contacted a detective in the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. The task force detective examined some of the folders from that drive and found one labeled Travis FM. The detective conducted an Internet search and found a website using this term maintained by Travis Malone of Bozeman. Further investigation led to the discovery of a person named Travis Malone, a part-time employee of one of the businesses in the area where the backpack was found. MALONE was also found to live in an apartment in the same area.
MALONE called the Bozeman Police Department to see if anyone had located the backpack. When he came to the station about the backpack, he was questioned about the child pornography. MALONE admitted to using one of the two laptops in the bag to view and save child pornography images.
Further forensic analysis found numerous images of child pornography on MALONE's computer and related media that he received via the internet and a computer from approximately 2008 through 2010. After the original investigation, MALONE was implicated in the burglary of Gapwest Broadcasting on July 28, 2010. In a search warrant executed at his residence, two additional computer hard drives were found concealed in the drop ceiling of MALONE's bedroom. MALONE later said that he placed the drives in the ceiling to hide them because they contained personal financial information, he claimed that no child pornography images would be found on them. However, additional child pornography images were found on those hard drives as well.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that MALONE will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, MALONE 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 Bozeman Police Department and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.