Trampus Sterling Walker Sentenced in U.S. District Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on December 10, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, TRAMPUS STERLING WALKER, a 25-year-old resident of Lewistown, appeared for sentencing. WALKER was sentenced to a term of:
Prison: 115 months
Special Assessment: $100
Supervised Release: 5 years
WALKER was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to possession of child pornography.
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.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that WALKER will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, WALKER 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 Lewistown Police Department, the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.
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."