Kevin Michael Sheldon Sentenced in U.S. District Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Helena, on October 11, 2012, before Senior U.S. District Judge Charles C. Lovell, KEVIN MICHAEL SHELDON, a 51-year-old resident of Helena, appeared for sentencing. SHELDON was sentenced to a term of:
Prison: 480 months
Special Assessment: $200
Supervised Release: lifetime
SHELDON was sentenced after a federal district court trial in which he was found guilty of sexual exploitation of minors and receipt of child pornography. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd prosecuted the case for the United States.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that SHELDON will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, SHELDON 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 U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Homeland Security Investigations, the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, and the Lewis & Clark Sheriff's Office.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, PSC marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about PSC, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/. For more information about internet safety education, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/resources.html and click on the tab "resources."