Trampus Sterling Walker Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on August 21, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, TRAMPUS STERLING WALKER, a 25-year-old resident of Lewistown, pled guilty to possession of child pornography. Sentencing has been set for December 10, 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 Task Force investigation, the Lewistown Police Department determined an IP address subscribed to WALKER's residence in Lewistown was offering known child pornography files available for download via the Internet. The Lewistown Police Department obtained a search warrant for the residence.
On October 20, 2011, the warrant was served, and a Toshiba Satellite L655 notebook was seized. The notebook was subsequently forensically examined.
The examiner located image files which depicted child pornography on the notebook. The examiner determined the files were associated with the peer-to-peer file sharing program FrostWire. The files were created between September 5, 2011, and October 4, 2011. The examiner located link files to four of the image files which indicated they had been accessed on October 4, 2011.
The examiner also found video files which depicted child pornography. These files were also associated with FrostWire, and were created between September 30, 2011, and October 3, 2011.
The examiner determined FrostWire was installed on the notebook's system. He also found child pornography files that the user opened, and, in at least one case, a file was opened twice. Based on the Media Player streams, the examiner determined the user opened 12 video files with file names indicative of files depicting child pornography.
WALKER 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 Lewistown Police Department, the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.