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Justin Lane Flor Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Court

Friday, October 19, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on October 18, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, JUSTIN LANE FLOR, a 35-year-old resident of Miles City, pled guilty to possession of child pornography. A sentencing date will be set at a later time. 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 January 2012, law enforcement personnel in Miles City received a report that FLOR (then age 35) was believed to be involved in a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl. The investigation revealed that FLOR had provided the girl with drug paraphernalia and the two had smoked marijuana together and had repeatedly engaged in sexual activities at FLOR's residence in Miles City. FLOR's cellular telephone was seized as part of the investigation, and forensic examination revealed the presence of three child pornography movies that were saved in a directory on the phone. The movies had been downloaded from the Internet and saved. The movies depicted children engaged in sexually explicit conduct and their nature was readily apparent. FLOR possessed the three movies on his cell phone and they were mailed, shipped or transported in interstate commerce or produced using material that traveled in interstate commerce.

FLOR faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and lifetime supervision.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Miles City Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.



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