William Paul Robinson Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on December 4, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen, WILLIAM PAUL ROBINSON, a 65-year-old resident of Helena, pled guilty to receipt of child pornography. Sentencing has been set for March 20, 2013. He is currently released on special conditions.
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:
Law enforcement officers arrested an individual, identified here as X.X., on an outstanding warrant for failing to register and absconding. He was located at a specific known address in Helena. When arrested, X.X. had a laptop in his possession and reported that "everything you need is right here," indicating the computer. X.X.'s roommate was ROBINSON. ROBINSON reported the two met in a chat room and X.X. came from Oregon to live with him in a sexual relationship.
Later discussions with ROBINSON indicated that X.X. had also used ROBINSON's computer, and he gave consent for agents to search it for the presence of child pornography. A detective found a child pornography movie almost immediately upon beginning the search. ROBINSON admitted that the child pornography on the computer was his and that he had been engaged in such activities for a period of time.
A search warrant was obtained for ROBINSON's residence and agents seized various computer equipment. Subsequent forensic examination revealed hundreds of images and movies of child pornography that ROBINSON had received via the Internet for years and continuing until the equipment was seized. ROBINSON possessed images and movies of children clearly prepubescent and children engaged in sadistic or masochistic abuse or other depictions of violence. ROBINSON possessed a total of over 800 images and approximately 25 videos of child pornography on his equipment. The computer analysis also revealed that ROBINSON had distributed child pornography images to others via the internet.
ROBINSON 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 conducted by the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.