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David Arthur Sievers Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, November 03, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on November 3, 2011, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, DAVID ARTHUR SIEVERS, a 41-year-old resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing. SIEVERS was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 180 months

Special Assessment: $300

Forfeiture: computer & equipment

Supervised Release: life

SIEVERS was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to attempted coercion and enticement, attempted transfer of obscene material to minors and 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:

SIEVERS is a previously convicted child pornographer from Illinois. Following his release from prison, he moved first to Louisiana, then to Montana.

Beginning in August 2010, while living in Sweetgrass County, SIEVERS started conversing with an undercover officer with the Lewistown Police Department. The undercover officer was portraying himself as a girl several years under the age of consent for sexual activity in Montana. SIEVERS clearly knew the girl's age, and reported his own age as 40. SIEVERS began a sexually explicit chat, sent pictures of either his penis, himself having sex with other women, or a video of himself masturbating on several different occasions. The on-line conversations continued after SIEVERS moved to Billings until he set up to meet with the officer on Sunday, March 13th, so the two could have sex. SIEVERS showed up at a local motel in Lewistown with the requested flowers, teddy bear, Mountain Dew, some alcohol, and condoms. When questioned, SIEVERS admitted having the conversations via computer and Blackberry, and admitted that the conversations were for the purpose of having sex. However, he claimed that he intended to meet with the girl in the hotel room just to talk, eat pizza and drink Mountain Dew. When told that the officer did not believe that, SIEVERS said he would not believe it either.

When searched, SIEVERS' cell phone and computer contained child pornography images and videos he had received via the Internet during 2010 in Sweetgrass County and Billings.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that SIEVERS will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, SIEVERS 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation, Lewistown Police Department, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, Billings Police Department.



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