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Joshua Paul Jordan Sentenced in U.S. District Court

Friday, December 21, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on December 20, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, JOSHUA PAUL JORDAN, an 18-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared for sentencing. JORDAN was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 120 months

Special Assessment: $200

Forfeiture: computer equipment

Supervised Release: 15 years

JORDAN was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to distribution of child pornography, receipt of child pornography, and accessing with the intent to view 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:

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.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that JORDAN will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, JORDAN 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 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.



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