Joshua Paul Jordan Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on September 11, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, JOSHUA PAUL JORDAN, an 18-year-old resident of Great Falls, pled guilty to distribution of child pornography, receipt of child pornography, and accessing with the intent to view child pornography. Sentencing has been set for December 18, 2012. He is currently detained.
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:
In November 2011, as part of a Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigation, a Madison County Sheriff's Office deputy made contact online with JORDAN. They communicated via chat messages. During an online chat session on November 4, 2011, JORDAN distributed four images of child pornography from his computer to the undercover deputy via the Internet. The images depicted very small children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Between June 2011 and November 2011, a Lewistown Police Department detective was also investigating a child pornography crime involving JORDAN. The detective obtained a search warrant for JORDAN's residence. JORDAN's residence was searched on November 5, 2011. Law enforcement officers seized numerous electronic items from the residence including computers which belonged to JORDAN.
The seized items were forensically examined and the Certified Forensic Examiner determined the following:
A desktop computer contained image and video files depicting child pornography;
A laptop computer contained images files depicting child pornography which were located in a cache which were created between November 4, 2011, and November 5, 2011. The examiner also located evidence of the chat with the Madison County Sheriff's deputy.
A Nintendo DS gaming console contained evidence of video file names which were indicative of files that would contain child pornography. The video files themselves were not located as they had been deleted or were unrecoverable.
When interviewed, JORDAN admitted to downloading and distributing child pornography via the Internet. He admitted that he knew it was illegal and referred to the child pornography as "illegal files" throughout the interview. He also admitted he received sexual gratification from viewing the files.
JORDAN 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 Madison County Sheriff's Office, the Lewistown Police Department, the Great Falls Police Department, U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Homeland Security Investigations, and the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.