Jeffery W. Larson Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on July 10, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, JEFFERY W. LARSON, a 46-year-old resident of Billings, pled guilty to receipt of child pornography. A sentencing date will be set at a later time. He is currently released on special conditions.
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:
Law enforcement officers were investigating allegations of child pornography access by users utilizing the peer-to-peer file sharing network Gigatribe. One investigation involved a person in Billings who had child pornography available to share via the file sharing program. An undercover agent downloaded a number of child pornography files from that person in early January 2012. A search warrant was obtained for the residence and served on January 18, 2012.
LARSON was one of the occupants of the residence. When questioned, LARSON admitted that he used the peer-to-peer file sharing program Gigatribe to receive and possess thousands of child pornography videos and images. He detailed the search terms he used to find child pornography, how he saved it to various computers and other equipment, and how he had been doing so for a lengthy period of time.
Agents seized various computer equipment at LARSON's residence. A forensic examination revealed thousands of images and movies of child pornography that LARSON had received via the Internet for years and continuing until the equipment was seized. LARSON possessed images and movies of children clearly prepubescent and children engaged in sadistic or masochistic abuse or other depictions of violence.
LARSON faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Billings Police Department, and the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.