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Curtis Chester Smith Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Friday, January 06, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on January 6, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, CURTIS CHESTER SMITH, a 56-year-old resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing. SMITH was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 150 months

Special Assessment: $300

Forfeiture: computers and equipment

Supervised Release: years

SMITH was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to (3) counts of distribution of child pornography.

SMITH had a Gigatribe account on his computer. Through that account, he distributed - by granting access to his GigaTribe folder on his computer and then file sharing - four files to a law enforcement officer via the Internet. The distribution occurred on July 30, 2010, and the files depicted children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

A search warrant for SMITH's residence was obtained. Several computers as well as other media were seized.

During a forensic examination, an examiner located evidence of GigaTribe and SMITH's GigaTribe account on the computer seized from his residence. He also located hundreds of chat logs that were associated with chats about pornography, trading child pornography and talk of exploiting children.

The examiner also determined SMITH distributed images depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct on May 24, 2010, and June 8, 2010. That distribution occurred via the Yahoo!PhotoSharing program on his computer.

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



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