Scott Edward Mclaren Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on April 30, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen, SCOTT EDWARD McLAREN, a 38-year-old resident of Belgrade, pled guilty to receipt of child pornography. Sentencing has been set for July 20, 2012. He is currently released on special conditions.
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 an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigation, detectives obtained a search warrant for McLAREN's residence in Belgrade. The residence was searched on August 2, 2011, and numerous items were seized and forensically analyzed.
The forensic examination determined there was an extensive, organized collection of child pornography on the computer systems seized from the residence. The items either contained child pornography or were used to view child pornography. Collectively, over 3,500 images depicting child pornography and approximately 275 videos depicting child pornography were located. The images and videos were obtained by using the Internet and computers. The creation dates for the files were between December 31, 1999, and July 21, 2011.
McLAREN faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 20 years, a $250,000 fine, and lifetime supervision.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Bozeman Police Department, the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Homeland Security Investigations.