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Scott Edward McLaren Sentended in U.S. District Court

Monday, July 23, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on July 20, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen, SCOTT EDWARD McLAREN, a 38-year-old resident of Belgrade, appeared for sentencing. McLAREN was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 84 months

Special Assessment: $100

Forfeiture: computers/media devices

Supervised Release: 15 years

McLAREN was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to receipt of child pornography.

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.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that McLAREN will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, McLAREN 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 Bozeman Police Department, the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Homeland Security Investigations.



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