Eugene Thomas Crawford, Jr. Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on July 11, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, EUGENE THOMAS CRAWFORD, a 46-year-old resident of Glendive, pled guilty to receipt of child pornography. Sentencing has been set for October 11, 2012. He is currently detained.
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 2010, a computer, later found to belong to CRAWFORD, was found to have child pornography images and videos available via peer-to-peer file sharing programs. A search warrant was issued for CRAWFORD's residence in Glendive in January 2011, and various items of computer equipment was seized. When questioned, CRAWFORD admitted that he used the peer-to-peer file sharing program Limewire to receive and possess videos and images of child pornography.
A subsequent forensic examination revealed hundreds of images and movies of child pornography that CRAWFORD had received via the Internet during 2009 and continuing until the equipment was seized. CRAWFORD possessed images and movies of children clearly prepubescent and children engaged in sadistic or masochistic abuse or other depictions of violence. CRAWFORD had thousands of images and 125 videos of child pornography.
CRAWFORD 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 Montana Division of Criminal Investigation and the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.