Dustin Roy Gilpin Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on March 18, 2013, before U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen, DUSTIN ROY GILPIN, a 33-year-old resident of Kalispell, pled guilty to receipt of obscenity. Sentencing has been set for July 2, 2013. He is currently released on special conditions.
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, a Madison County Deputy Sheriff determined an IP address in Kalispell was offering known child pornography files available for download via the Internet. The subscriber information for that IP address was GILPIN'S residence. The Flathead County Sheriff's Office obtained a search warrant for that residence.
On July 3, 2012, the warrant was served, and two generic desktop computers were seized and subsequently forensically examined.
On the first computer the examiner located image files which depict obscene matters of indecent character, specifically children engaged in sexual conduct. The examiner determined that some of the files were associated with the peer-to-peer file sharing program LimeWire. The examiner also determined the files were created between May 2012 and July 2012.
On the second computer the examiner located image files which depict obscene matters of indecent character, specifically children engaged in sexual conduct. The examiner determined these files were also associated with the peer-to-peer file sharing program LimeWire. The files were created between September 29, 2011, and March 13, 2012.
GILPIN faces possible penalties of 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, the Madison County Sheriff's Office, the Flathead County Sheriff's Office, and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.